Special Issue "Psychology of Eating: Understanding of Eating Behaviours"

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Anna Brytek-Matera
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Guest Editor
Institute of Psychology, Head of Nutritional Psychology Unit, Head of EAT Lab (Eating Behavior Laboratory), University of Wroclaw, Wroclaw, Poland
Interests: nutritional psychology; eating disorders; orthorexia nervosa; eating behaviours; obesity
Prof. Dr. Cristina Segura-Garcia
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Guest Editor
Department of Medical and Surgical Sciences, University Magna Graecia, Catanzaro, Italy
Interests: emotional eating; night eating; grazing; assessment and treatment of eating disorders

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Even if hunger and satiety are the key regulators of eating behaviours, food intake is not determined solely by physiological or nutritional needs. For many people, consuming food loses its fundamental biological property and acquires a psychological connotation. Some people (i.e., patients with anorexia nervosa) consider that eating a small amount of food or refusing to eat is a normal behaviour. Other people use eating as a strategy for emotion regulation or as a coping strategy in response to emotional distress (emotional eating). There are also those who present excessive eating in terms of repetitive behaviour despite negative consequences (bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder, obesity, food addiction). For others, the obsessions about healthy eating and rigidly avoiding foods perceived as unhealthy or harmful are dominant values (i.e., orthorexia nervosa).

In the era of excessive food consumption or the intentional restriction of food intake, it seems crucial to understand the mechanisms modulating (e.g., stress) and regulating (e.g., emotion regulation) eating behaviours, as well as influencing weight-related behaviours (e.g., physical activity). Empirical evidence is needed to elucidate how psychological factors affect human eating behaviour. It will help us to further understand the psychological aspects of healthy and unhealthy eating. The development of effective behaviour change interventions is key to promoting healthy eating.

In this Special Issue, we would like to highlight the latest research on eating behaviours. We invite the submission of original research, systematic literature reviews and meta-analyses. In addition to clinical or experimental studies, the treatment of disordered eating behaviours are also welcome.

Prof. Dr. Anna Brytek-Matera
Prof. Dr. Cristina Segura-Garcia
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • Eating behaviours
  • Eating disorders
  • Eating patterns
  • Food addiction
  • Nutritional psychology/nutritional psychiatry
  • Orthorexia nervosa
  • Overweight/Obesity
  • Risk factors
  • Psychological factors

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Drunkorexia and Emotion Regulation and Emotion Regulation Difficulties: The Mediating Effect of Disordered Eating Attitudes
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(5), 2690; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18052690 - 07 Mar 2021
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Drunorexia refers to food calorie intake restriction to prevent weight gain and the desire to enhance the more extensive intoxicating effects of alcohol. The present study aimed to investigate the association of drunkorexia with emotion regulation as well as emotion regulation difficulties across [...] Read more.
Drunorexia refers to food calorie intake restriction to prevent weight gain and the desire to enhance the more extensive intoxicating effects of alcohol. The present study aimed to investigate the association of drunkorexia with emotion regulation as well as emotion regulation difficulties across the Lebanese population, and assess disordered eating attitudes as a potential mediator of these relationships. The cross-sectional study enrolled participants (n = 258) from all Lebanese districts. The study was performed through an online survey based on a self-designed and structured questionnaire. The Drunkorexia Motives and Behaviors Scales (DMBS), the College Life Alcohol Salience Scale (CLASS), the Difficulties in Emotion Regulation Scale (DERS-16), the Emotion Regulation Questionnaire (ERQ) and the Eating Attitudes Test (EAT-26) were used in the present study. The results showed that higher EAT-26 total scores (more disordered eating attitudes) (B = 0.16) and higher DERS-16 total score (B = 0.30) were significantly associated with more drunkorexia motives. Also, higher EAT-26 total scores (B = 0.09) and higher DERS-16 total score (B = 0.17) were significantly associated with more drunkorexia behaviors. In addition, higher EAT-26 total scores (B = 0.10) and higher DERS-26 total score (B = 0.36) were significantly associated with more drunkorexia fails. Furthermore, higher EAT-26 total scores (B = 0.07), and higher DERS-16 total score (B = 0.37) were significantly associated with more drunkorexia during an alcohol consumption event. Higher EAT-26 total scores (B = 0.09), and higher DERS-16 total score (B = 0.22) were significantly associated with more post-drinking compensation. Higher EAT-26 total scores (B = 0.21), higher DERS-16 total scores (B = 0.65) and higher emotion regulation (B = 0.33) were significantly associated with higher CLASS scores. The results showed that EAT-26 total scores partially mediated the association between DERS-16 total score and drunkorexia motives (25.20%), between DERS-16 total score and drunkorexia behaviors (25.16%), between DERS-16 total score and drunkorexia fails (106.87%), between DERS-16 total score and drunkorexia during an alcohol consumption event (11.84%), between DERS-16 total score and post-drinking compensation (22.55%), between ERQ total score and college life alcohol salience (8.35%) and between DERS-16 total score and college life alcohol salience (20.14%). This study highlighted that only emotional regulation difficulties were associated with drunkorexia, whereas emotional regulation was not significantly associated with such behavior. Full article
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The Promotion of Eating Behaviour Change through Digital Interventions
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(20), 7488; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17207488 - 15 Oct 2020
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Diet-related chronic disease is a global health epidemic giving rise to a high incidence of morbidity and mortality. With the rise of the digital revolution, there has been increased interest in using digital technology for eating behavioural change as a mean of diet-related [...] Read more.
Diet-related chronic disease is a global health epidemic giving rise to a high incidence of morbidity and mortality. With the rise of the digital revolution, there has been increased interest in using digital technology for eating behavioural change as a mean of diet-related chronic disease prevention. However, evidence on digital dietary behaviour change is relatively scarce. To address this problem, this review considers the digital interventions currently being used in dietary behaviour change studies. A literature search was conducted in databases like PubMed, Cochrane Library, CINAHL, Medline, and PsycInfo. Among 119 articles screened, 15 were selected for the study as they met all the inclusion criteria according to the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses (PRISMA) search strategy. Four primary digital intervention methods were noted: use of personal digital assistants, use of the internet as an educational tool, use of video games and use of mobile phone applications. The efficiency of all the interventions increased when coupled with tailored feedback and counselling. It was established that the scalable and sustainable properties of digital interventions have the potential to bring about adequate changes in the eating behaviour of individuals. Further research should concentrate on the appropriate personalisation of the interventions, according to the requirements of the individuals, and proper integration of behaviour change techniques to motivate long-term adherence. Full article
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