Stress-induced eating and the relaxation response as a potential antidote

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Stress-induced eating is characterised by the intake of nutrient-poor, energy dense food, in response to an acute stressor. Despite its recognition, research is yet to establish how best to remedy this problem. Relaxation being the physiological and psychological opposite of stress, may serve as a therapeutic antidote for stress-induced eating. The purpose of this thesis was to examine the effect of relaxation on energy intake after exposure to an acute stressor; and to explore the feasibility of an intervention involving regular practice of mindful relaxation, and its potential to affect parameters of wellbeing, and stress-­induced appetite.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Western Australia
  • Dimmock, James, Supervisor
  • Guelfi, Kym, Supervisor
Thesis sponsors
Award date7 Sept 2018
Publication statusUnpublished - 2018


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