Mood, Emotions and Eating Disorders

Claus Voegele, Annika P.C. Lutz, Edward Leigh Gibson

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Mood and emotions are intrinsically involved with eating. This chapter discusses basic mechanisms, findings, and models that help our understanding of the interactions between eating and emotions, in both clinical and nonclinical populations. The finding that negative affect predicts EDs transdiagnostically,
and that comorbidity with depressive disorders and anxiety disorders is the norm among patients with EDs suggests that EDs may not necessarily be restricted to domains of eating behavior and body image but may also be associated with significant difficulties in affective functioning. This chapter reviews the evidence relating to the notion that EDs are disturbances of mood regulation, in which regulatory strategies specifically related to eating and the body are used to diminish negative affect associated with food, body image, or stress.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Eating Disorders
EditorsW. Stewart Agras, Athena Robinson
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherOxford University Press. NY, USA
ISBN (Electronic)9780190662721
ISBN (Print)9780190620998, 9780190621018
Publication statusPublished - 9 Oct 2018

Publication series

NameOxford Handbook
PublisherOxford University Press


  • Eating disorders
  • Emotion
  • Mood
  • Mood Disorders
  • Psychiatry

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