Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Self-Esteem and Disinhibited Eating

Recently I was asked if a person’s level of self-esteem could in any way impact their eating choices, especially in relation to portion control. One study was led by Janet Polivy, et al, at the University of Toronto, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. An article entitled “Self-Esteem, Restraint, and Eating Behavior” was published in the Journal of Abnormal Psychology. Although the study results are essentially correlational evidence of the association between self-esteem and disinhibitory eating tendencies, conclusions were that high self-esteem in restrained participants was associated with less disinhibited eating. Developing adequate if not optimum levels of self-esteem, both specific and global, likely impact most behaviors in some way or another. This is just another reason that the Longevity Lifestyle Matters program is not about dieting or focusing mainly on losing weight. Rather it advocates creating and maintaining a balanced longevity lifestyle.

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