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Cognitive and behavioral correlates of BMI among male and female undergraduate students.
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PMID:  19501785     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
We examine three sets of possible correlates of current body mass index (BMI): a set of measures based on cognitive biases for food-related information, the Dutch Eating Behavior Questionnaire (DEBQ) indices, and the Depression Anxiety Stress Scale (DASS) indices. Contrary to expectations from related literature, none of the cognitive measures correlated with BMI in the whole sample or separately for males and females. For females there was a negative correlation between BMI and external eating and for males a positive correlation between BMI and both external eating and emotional eating, a finding which broadly replicates recent research with Dutch participants. Overall, cognitive paradigms have been employed very fruitfully in areas such as excessive drinking. Our results suggest caution in extending this research to eating behavior.
Emmanuel M Pothos; Katy Tapper; Raff Calitri
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't     Date:  2009-03-14
Journal Detail:
Title:  Appetite     Volume:  52     ISSN:  1095-8304     ISO Abbreviation:  Appetite     Publication Date:  2009 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-06-08     Completed Date:  2009-09-29     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8006808     Medline TA:  Appetite     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  797-800     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Psychology, Swansea University, Swansea, United Kingdom.
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MeSH Terms
Attitude to Health
Body Mass Index*
Eating / psychology*
Feeding Behavior / psychology*
Health Food
Inhibition (Psychology)
Students / psychology*
Young Adult

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