Food for thought: examining the relationship between food thought suppression and weight-related outcomes

Eat Behav. 2010 Aug;11(3):175-9. doi: 10.1016/j.eatbeh.2010.03.001. Epub 2010 Mar 21.


The current study sought to extend previous eating behaviors and thought suppression literature by assessing the relationship between food thought suppression and weight-related outcomes. Three hundred and twelve overweight/obese community men and women completed self-report measures of thought suppression, weight history, and eating behaviors. Women were more likely than men to endorse food thought suppression, as were individuals who currently were dieting, when compared with those nondieters. Food thought suppression also predicted binge eating, food cravings, and other eating disordered symptoms. Results have implications for obesity and support further exploration of third wave interventions, such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Mindfulness, in the treatment of obesity.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Avoidance Learning*
  • Body Mass Index
  • Body Weight*
  • Bulimia / psychology
  • Diet / psychology
  • Emotions*
  • Feeding Behavior / psychology*
  • Feeding and Eating Disorders / psychology
  • Female
  • Food*
  • Humans
  • Internal-External Control*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Obesity / psychology
  • Overweight / psychology
  • Regression Analysis
  • Risk Factors
  • Sex Factors