Self-esteem, restraint, and eating behavior.

  title={Self-esteem, restraint, and eating behavior.},
  author={Janet Polivy and Todd F. Heatherton and Carolyn P Herman},
  journal={Journal of abnormal psychology},
  volume={97 3},
The mediating influence of self-esteem on disinhibited eating was assessed in restrained and unrestrained subjects. Self-esteem was unrelated to the eating behavior of unrestrained subjects following a preload, but did moderate the disinhibitory effects of a preload on restrained subjects. Specifically, only those restrained subjects with low self-esteem displayed disinhibited eating after a preload. Theoretical and practical implications of this finding were discussed. 
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