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

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Anna Brytek-Matera
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
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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  • Eating behaviours
  • Eating disorders
  • Eating patterns
  • Food addiction
  • Nutritional psychology/nutritional psychiatry
  • Orthorexia nervosa
  • Overweight/Obesity
  • Risk factors
  • Psychological factors

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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
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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