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Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Kelly, Loran Elizabeth
Author's Email Address loran.kelly@vanderbilt.edu
URN etd-12022013-121153
Title The Relationship Between Emotional Eating, Depression, and Body Mass Index
Degree Master of Arts
Department Psychology
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
David Schlundt Committee Member
Steven Hollon Committee Member
Keywords
  • BMI
Date of Defense 2013-05-15
Availability unrestricted
Abstract
While it is commonly believed that there is a relationship between obesity and depression, the extant research has been inconclusive and inconsistent on this topic. Several studies have shown that obese individuals were at an elevated risk of depression (Hawkins & Stewart, 2012; Roberts, Deleger, Strawbridge, & Kaplan, 2003; Faith et al. 2011; Luppino, 2013). However, other research has indicated that overweight individuals were less depressed, while other research still has indicated that there was no association between obesity on the risk for depression (Hasler et al., 2004; John et al., 2005; Faith, Matz, & Jorge, 2002). It is possible, that the direction of the relationship between depression and obesity depends another variable or variables. This research focuses on measures of eating style such as emotional eating, overeating, and unplanned snacking. We will examine the hypothesis that the association between depression and obesity is moderated by these variables.
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