The relationship between basic need satisfaction and emotional eating in obesity


Robyn Annette Andrews, BPsyc(Hons), Queensland University of Technology, Student Services, GPO Box 2434, Brisbane, QLD 4001, Australia. Email:


Emotional eating has been identified as a factor that promotes the development and maintenance of obesity and hinders its treatment. This study investigated the relationship between unsatisfied basic needs and emotional eating, including the mediating factors of self-esteem and coping strategies. The results from a survey of 136 obese individuals indicated support for a significant relationship between basic need satisfaction and emotional eating, with a mediating effect of negative coping strategies. These findings extend previous research and provide guidance on how to help individuals who engage in emotional eating by focusing on developing more adaptive coping strategies.