Film-induced sadness as a trigger for disinhibited eating
Article first published online: 11 JUL 2000
Copyright © 2000 John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
International Journal of Eating Disorders
Volume 28, Issue 2, pages 215–220, September 2000
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Sheppard-Sawyer, C. L., McNally, R. J. and Fischer, J. H. (2000), Film-induced sadness as a trigger for disinhibited eating. Int. J. Eat. Disord., 28: 215–220. doi: 10.1002/1098-108X(200009)28:2<215::AID-EAT11>3.0.CO;2-J
- Issue published online: 11 JUL 2000
- Article first published online: 11 JUL 2000
- dietary restraint;
- mood induction;
- bulimia nervosa
We tested whether film-induced sadness enhances food intake in restrained eaters.
Female participants scoring either high or low on a measure of dietary restraint viewed two film segments in counterbalanced order on successive days: an emotionally neutral travelogue and a sad film depicting the death of the young female protagonist.
Contrast analyses revealed that film-induced sadness significantly reduced food intake in low-restraint individuals, but only nonsignificantly increased it in high-restraint individuals.
When sadness is induced without an apparent ego threat, high-restraint participants may not exhibit as much disinhibited eating as when they are exposed to mood inductions that threaten their self-esteem. © 2000 by John Wiley & Sons, Inc. Int J Eat Disord 28: 215–220, 2000.