Associations Between Approach and Avoidance Coping, Psychological Distress and Disordered Eating Among Candidates for Bariatric Surgery

When individuals dealt with their stressors, less disordered eating was predicted while more disordered eating was predicted by those individuals who escaped their stressors. Individuals with higher rates of depression reported higher disordered eating while those with higher rates of anxiety reported more restrictive eating.

5 Tips:

  1. Examine how you cope with stressors. Do you deal with your stressors or try to escape?
  2. Track your eating habits based on your stress levels.
  3. Determine how you cope with stressors.
  4. Identify healthier ways of coping with stress.
  5. Determine ways to cope with stress that do not resort to eating.

Participants, depending on if they endorsed more depression or anxiety, had differences in their eating.

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