ERIC Number: ED188055
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: 0
Vulnerability to Stress Related Overeating: An Examination of the Frequency and Enjoyability of Pleasant Activities Experienced by College Students with Weight Concerns.
Doell, Susanne R.; Hawkins, Raymond C.
Awareness and acknowledgement of stress-related overeating and loss of control tendencies may facilitate subsequent weight loss efforts, provided that alternative stress-coping resources are available to aid adjustment to major life changes. College students with weight concerns, particularly those susceptible to "mood" eating and binge episodes, may have a restricted range of activities which provide positive reinforcement. Overweight students in a behavioral weight-control program reported less enjoyment of pleasant activities than normal-weight classroom control subjects. Restrictive dieting tendencies were positively correlated with frequency/enjoyability ratings of socially-related pleasures, and negatively correlated with frequency/enjoyability ratings of non-social pleasures. There is an ambiguous relationship between the amount and variety of pleasurable activities and subsequent body weight fluctuations. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the Southwestern Psychological Association (26th, Oklahoma City, OK, April 10-12, 1980).