Do emotional states influence binge eating in the obese?
Article first published online: 6 DEC 1998
Copyright © 1996 John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
International Journal of Eating Disorders
Volume 20, Issue 3, pages 271–279, November 1996
How to Cite
Telch, C. F. and Agras, W. S. (1996), Do emotional states influence binge eating in the obese?. Int. J. Eat. Disord., 20: 271–279. doi: 10.1002/(SICI)1098-108X(199611)20:3<271::AID-EAT6>3.0.CO;2-L
- Issue published online: 6 DEC 1998
- Article first published online: 6 DEC 1998
- Manuscript Accepted: 8 JUN 1995
The purpose of this experimental investigation was to test the hypothesis that negative affective states trigger disinhibited eating in the form of binge eating in subjects with binge eating disorder (BED). Method: BED subjects and weight-matched non-eating disordered subjects (NED) attended a laboratory experiment during which they were randomly assigned to a negative or a neutral mood induction procedure prior to being served a multi-item buffet. The dependent variable of interest was postmood induction carolic intake. Results: There were no significant differences in caloric intake between subjects in the negative and neutral mood conditions. However, negative affect was associated with eating episodes labeled binges, and associated with loss of control. Discussion: Our findings suggest that mood may be an important factor that discriminates overeating and binge eating. © 1996 by John Wiley & Sons, Inc.