Distress and eating: why do dieters overeat?

  title={Distress and eating: why do dieters overeat?},
  author={Janet Polivy and Carolyn P Herman},
  journal={The International journal of eating disorders},
  volume={26 2},
OBJECTIVE It has been shown that distress suppresses eating in nondieters (unrestrained eaters), but increases it in chronic dieters (restrained eaters). This study attempted to investigate several possible explanations for this phenomenon, in particular, the "masking hypothesis." This hypothesis states that dieters use overeating to mask their distress in other areas of their lives by eating when distressed so that they can attribute their distress to their overeating rather than to more… CONTINUE READING