They found children at more junky sweets (like cookies) when the mothers encouraged them to eat to soothe emotions. These children gobbled more chocolate during the experimental situation compared to children whose mothers did not feed to manage emotions. Emotional overeating was especially observed during negative moods.
Conclusions: Children of mothers who use food for emotion regulation consume more junk foods in the absence of hunger than do children of mothers who use this feeding practice infrequently. Emotional overeating behavior may occur in the context of negative mood in children whose mothers use food for emotion regulation purposes.
Hmm… I wonder how these learned patterns in childhood translate to adult emotional overeating…
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