Effect of exposure to a forbidden food on eating in restrained and unrestrained women
Version of Record online: 30 DEC 2003
Copyright © 2003 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
International Journal of Eating Disorders
Volume 35, Issue 1, pages 59–68, January 2004
How to Cite
Stirling, L. J. and Yeomans, M. R. (2004), Effect of exposure to a forbidden food on eating in restrained and unrestrained women. Int. J. Eat. Disord., 35: 59–68. doi: 10.1002/eat.10232
- Issue online: 30 DEC 2003
- Version of Record online: 30 DEC 2003
- Manuscript Accepted: 29 APR 2003
- forbidden food;
- restrained women;
- unrestrained women
The current study explored the effect of availability of a forbidden food on subsequent eating behavior in restrained and unrestrained women.
Thirty restrained and 30 nonrestrained, normal-weight women were assigned randomly to one of two conditions, an experimental group that was exposed to a forbidden food (chocolate) for 24hr or a control group that was given no special intervention. At the end of the exposure period, all subjects completed an intake test of the forbidden food.
Although subjects were instructed not to eat the food provided for the exposure period, women in the restrained group consumed a small quantity of the chocolate, whereas unrestrained women consumed none. Intake at test was greater in the temptation than in the control condition and restrained eaters consumed more than unrestrained eaters in both conditions.
The results are discussed in terms of current theories of restrained eating and the possible interrelationships between eating regulation and cognition. © 2003 by Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Int J Eat Disord 35: 59–68, 2004.