Modern Psychological Studies
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Place of Publication
The purpose of this study was to understand the effects of mood (negative vs. neutral) conditions on food consumption and choice, between non-obese and obese people. Mood was manipulated using two film segments; pre-weighed bags of food were offered to participants to eat during the film, which included one fatty choice (popcorn) and one healthy choice (carrots). The amount and type of food consumed was measured directly after each session. Surprisingly, results revealed that people in a negative mood did not consume more or choose fatty foods more often, compared to those who were in a neutral mood. Implications for obesity trends in the U.S. are discussed.
BF1 .M63 v. 15 no. 1 2009
Patterson, Gabrielle and Goodfriend, Wind
"Comfort food: obesity and mood influences on food uptake,"
Modern Psychological Studies: Vol. 15:
1, Article 2.
Available at: https://scholar.utc.edu/mps/vol15/iss1/2