Food restriction and the experience of social isolation.

  title={Food restriction and the experience of social isolation.},
  author={Kaitlin Woolley and Ayelet Fishbach and Ronghan Michelle Wang},
  journal={Journal of personality and social psychology},
Across 7 studies, food restrictions increased loneliness by limiting the ability to bond with others through similar food consumption. We first found that food restrictions predict loneliness using observer- and self-reports among children and adults (Studies 1-3). Next, we found mediation by the experience of worry and moderation by eating similar food as others. When restricted individuals were unable to bond over a meal (i.e., they ate different vs. the same food as others), they worried… 
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