Emotional reactivity, emotional eating, and obesity: A naturalistic study

  title={Emotional reactivity, emotional eating, and obesity: A naturalistic study},
  author={Michael R. Lowe and Edwin B Fisher},
  journal={Journal of Behavioral Medicine},
Laboratory studies indicate that obese individuals are more emotionally reactive and more likely to overeat when distressed than are those of normal weight. These studies were conducted under highly artificial conditions, however, and their generality outside of the laboratory remains largely untested. The present study compared the emotional reactivity and emotional eating of normal and overweight female college students in the natural environment. Subjects self-monitored their food intake and… 
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