HideShow resource information
View mindmap
  • Eating Behaviour - MOOD
    • Our emotional states affect eating habits, either in small unnoticeable ways or in ways that explain abnormal eating practices
      • Those exhibiting vulnerability responds to stress by eating more, while those with low vulnerability eat less
        • Low mood can often result in comfort eating, although occasionally it seems to have the opposite effect and can cause reduction of eating
      •  This may occur due to differences in childhood experiences of food, attitudes towards eating or variations in our biology that cause dissimilarities in vulnerability to the effects of stress
    • Garg et al observed the food choices of 38 participants who watched either an upbeat, funny movie or a sad and depressing movie. Participants were offered buttered popcorn and seedless grapes throughout the films. Those watching the sad film consumed 36% more popcorn than those watching the upbeat film, but the upbeat film group ate far more grapes than the other group
      • Garg et al claims the people who feel sad or depressed want to 'jolt themselves out of the dumps' so are more likely to go for a snack which gives them a feeling of euphoria
      • When participants were presented with nutritional information about the foods (among other information) prior to viewing, consumption of the relatively unhealthy foods dropped dramatically
        • Suggests when we eat to comfort ourselves we would do well to check the nutritional information on the foods we indulge in
      • Evaluation of Garg et al: low sample size = problems with generalisability, high control = lack of external variables/low ecological validity, Diathesis-Stress model
    • During the winter we are more likely to eat high CHO foods (link to SAD)
    • Bellisle et al (found no difference in the amount and types of food eaten by men when due or not due to undergo surgery


No comments have yet been made

Similar Psychology resources:

See all Psychology resources »