eating behaviors, obesity, thought suppression, weight loss, maintenance, binge eating
The current study assessed the relationship between individuals' tendency to suppress thoughts, particularly related to food and body weight/shape, and outcomes such as weight loss maintenance and diet sabotaging experiences (e.g., binge eating). Community and university individuals (N = 347) who are or previously were overweight completed self-report measures of thought suppression, weight history, and eating behaviors. Suppression of specific thoughts about food/weight/shape was related to weight cycling, binge eating, and food cravings. Participants who believed thoughts of food lead to eating were more likely to attempt suppression of food-related thoughts. Results have implications for improving weight loss maintenance and support further exploration of third wave interventions, such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Mindfulness, in the treatment of obesity.
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Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
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Peterson, Rachel, "Food For Thought: The Relationship Between Thought Suppression And Weight Control" (2008). Electronic Theses and Dissertations, 2004-2019. 3761.