Romantic relationships and eating regulation: An investigation of partners' attempts to control each others' eating behaviors

Charlotte N. Markey, Jessica N. Gomel, Patrick M. Markey

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Abstract

The current study examines eating regulation in the context of romantic relationships. One hundred and four heterosexual couples provided information about their weight, satisfaction with their partners' bodies, weight concerns, healthy dieting behaviors, and attempts to regulate their partners' eating behaviors. Results indicated that women were more likely to monitor their partners' eating behaviors than were men. Both men and women who attempted to regulate their partners' eating behaviors tended to have relatively heavy partners and tended to be dissatisfied with their partners' bodies. However, only women's attempts to regulate men's eating behaviors were associated with men's weight concerns and healthy dieting behaviors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)422-432
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Health Psychology
Volume13
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2008

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Applied Psychology

Keywords

  • Dieting
  • Eating behaviours
  • Eating regulation
  • Obesity
  • Romantic relationships

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