Perceived hunger mediates the relationship between attachment anxiety and emotional eating

Katherine E. Alexander, Harold I. Siegel

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Abstract

Eating is an inherently emotional activity and the attachment system is an emotion regulation system. Individuals with attachment insecurity have less interoceptive awareness and difficulty regulating emotion. Insecurely attached individuals may eat emotionally because they misinterpret internal hunger cues, (i.e. think they are hungry when they are experiencing some other internal, attachment-related state). The current study found a positive association between attachment anxiety and emotional eating. This relationship was mediated by perceived hunger.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)374-377
Number of pages4
JournalEating Behaviors
Volume14
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 2013

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

Keywords

  • Attachment anxiety
  • Attachment theory
  • Eating
  • Emotion regulation
  • Emotional eating
  • Perceived hunger

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