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The Impact of Overeating on Mood Among Unrestrained College Females

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Uniformed Services University Of The Health Sciences Bethesda United States

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Negative moods are common antecedents to binging however, mechanisms and emotional consequences remain unknown. In the present study, college women were randomized to one of nine cells in a 3 Mood Induction positive, negative, no mood X 3Activity overeating, distraction task, alone wait design. Mood was measured using the Vigor and Depression subscales of the Profile of Mood States POMS. Self-focused attention was measured as the mechanism for affect change. Participants in the Positive and Neutral mood groups who ate the meal decreased in positive affect over time. Those in the Negative mood group did not. Self focus did not change over time. No changes in negative mood were noted. It is unclear whether the act of overeating changes affect differently from time passing. However, our sample was self-focused at baseline and further research on attentional focus is needed.

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