The relationship between basic need satisfaction and emotional eating in obesity
Article first published online: 4 APR 2011
© 2011 The Australian Psychological Society
Australian Journal of Psychology
Volume 63, Issue 4, pages 207–213, December 2011
How to Cite
Andrews, R. A., Lowe, R. and Clair, A. (2011), The relationship between basic need satisfaction and emotional eating in obesity. Australian Jnl of Psychology, 63: 207–213. doi: 10.1111/j.1742-9536.2011.00021.x
- Issue published online: 2 DEC 2011
- Article first published online: 4 APR 2011
- Received 5 May 2010. Accepted for publication 6 October 2010.
- clinical/counselling psychology;
- emotion | mood;
- health attitudes and behavior;
- health psychology
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.