When food becomes an obsession: Overweight is related to food-related obsessive-compulsive behavior

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Abstract

In this study, it was examined whether overweight is associated with food-related obsessions and compulsions. Participants with a healthy weight ( n = 27) and participants who were overweight ( n = 33) filled out the Yale-Brown-Cornell Eating Disorder Scale, the Eating Obsessive-Compulsive Scale, and the Emotional and Behavioral Reactions to Intrusions Questionnaire to assess frequency, distress, control, and reactance associated with food-related preoccupations and compulsions. Overweight participants showed increased food-related preoccupations, compulsive eating, and heightened emotional and behavioral reactance compared to participants with a healthy weight. Increased food-related obsessive-compulsiveness was also associated with unhealthy eating patterns.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1145-1152
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Health Psychology
Volume24
Issue number8
Early online date11 Jan 2017
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2019

Keywords

  • body mass index
  • cognitive processing
  • eating behavior
  • obesity
  • overweight
  • ELABORATED INTRUSION THEORY
  • NONCLINICAL POPULATION
  • CRAVINGS
  • THOUGHTS
  • DISORDER
  • OBESITY
  • WEIGHT
  • SIMILARITIES
  • VALIDATION
  • COMMUNITY

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