ERIC Number: EJ852390
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 30
Emotional Eating and Spiritual Well-Being: A Possible Connection?
Hawks, Steven R.; Goudy, Marylynn B.; Gast, Julie A.
American Journal of Health Education, v34 n1 p30-33 Jan-Feb 2003
The purpose of this exploratory study was to evaluate the relationship between emotional eating and spiritual well-being. It was found that among college women lower levels of spiritual well-being correlated with higher levels of emotional eating (r = -0.22, p = 0.0015). In other studies emotional eating has been found to contribute to higher caloric intake, binge eating, and bulimic eating attitudes. A better understanding of the correlates of emotional eating may lead to health education strategies for preventing or managing overweight, obesity, and eating disorders--which may be some of the major public health issues of the future. Implications for health education are discussed, and research needs are suggested. (Contains 1 table.)
Descriptors: Obesity, Health Education, Public Health, Eating Disorders, Emotional Response, Spiritual Development, Well Being, Females, College Students, Correlation, Body Composition, Motivation
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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