G. Stanley Hall, the first person to earn a Ph.D. in psychology in the United States, did research on eating behaviors in the nineteenth century (Lepore in The New Yorker, 2011). Research on psychological aspects of obesity accelerated in the 1950s and there has been a great deal done at this point. We review areas of considerable activity and relevance.
This study examined the relationship between addictive personality and maladaptive eating behaviors in bariatric surgery candidates. Ninety-seven bariatric surgery candidates completed the Eysenck Personality Questionnaire (EPQ-R) Addiction Scale, the Overeating Questionnaire (OQ), binge-eating questions from the Questionnaire of Eating and Weight Patterns… (More)
OBJECTIVE The study objectives were to evaluate the relationship between social anxiety, binge eating, and emotional eating in overweight and obese individuals and to evaluate the relationship between weight and social anxiety. METHODS Using an internet based survey, overweight and obese men and women (n=231; mean age=36.0±12.8; mean BMI=33.7 kg/m(2)±6.7)… (More)
Public health messages sometimes use graphic language to discourage health-adverse behaviors. However, such messages could provoke adverse stress and anxiety reactions. To assess whether public health messages on bioterrorism might measurably increase stress and anxiety, we conducted a randomized controlled trial in which potent and neutral messages were… (More)