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Gepubliceerd in: Journal of Behavioral Medicine 6/2019

11-05-2019

The role of emotional eating in the links between racial discrimination and physical and mental health

Auteurs: Lori S. Hoggard, Vanessa Volpe, Alvin Thomas, Ellie Wallace, Katrina Ellis

Gepubliceerd in: Journal of Behavioral Medicine | Uitgave 6/2019

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Abstract

The environmental affordances (EA) model posits that maladaptive self-regulatory strategies (e.g., emotional eating) directly and indirectly heighten African Americans’ risk for downstream medical morbidities while also potentially mitigating the psychological impact of stressors. We empirically tested the full EA model. In doing so, we investigated the associations among racial discrimination, depressive symptomatology, and physical health proxies as well as the intervening role of emotional eating in these associations among 150 African Americans aged 18–27. The increased frequency of experiencing racial discrimination was significantly associated with poorer self-reported health, greater depressive symptomatology, and more emotional eating. There was no significant association between emotional eating and physical health and emotional eating did not mediate the relation between racial discrimination and physical health. Finally, racial discrimination was associated with depressive symptomatology, but only among African Americans with mean or high levels of emotional eating.
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Metagegevens
Titel
The role of emotional eating in the links between racial discrimination and physical and mental health
Auteurs
Lori S. Hoggard
Vanessa Volpe
Alvin Thomas
Ellie Wallace
Katrina Ellis
Publicatiedatum
11-05-2019
Uitgeverij
Springer US
Gepubliceerd in
Journal of Behavioral Medicine / Uitgave 6/2019
Print ISSN: 0160-7715
Elektronisch ISSN: 1573-3521
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s10865-019-00044-1