An Investigation into the Cognitive Mechanisms Underpinning Individual Differences in Negative Emotional Consumption of Junk Food

Gemma Healey

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Abstract

The consumption of junk food in response to negative emotions contributes to weight-gain and risk of eating disorder pathology. Four novel models of negative emotional consumption of junk food were proposed to account for why some, but not all, individuals consume junk food in response to negative emotions- with the goal of identifying potential therapeutic targets.
A series of six studies were conducted to test the empirical validity of the models- including two studies which developed a questionnaire distinguishing four patterns of emotional consumption. The results of these studies and the new questionnaire pave the way forward for future research.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Western Australia
Thesis sponsors
Award date7 Oct 2019
DOIs
Publication statusUnpublished - 2019

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Individuality
Food
Emotions
Weight Gain
Pathology
Surveys and Questionnaires
Therapeutics
Feeding and Eating Disorders

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