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Dr. Kristjen Lundberg


Restrained eating involves a high degree of cognitive control and has been associated with heightened preoccupations and thoughts about food. Excessive food thoughts experienced by restrained eaters may have negative social consequences, especially if intrusive food thoughts occur during interactions and disrupt communication. To test this hypothesis, the authors administered an online survey via Amazon’s Mechanical Turk, where participants reported on their eating behaviors, frequency of food thoughts, experiences of attunement during social interactions, and social wellbeing. Serial mediation analyses revealed that restrained eating was associated with more intrusive food thoughts and less attunement during interactions, which in turn predicted poorer social wellbeing. The cognitive effort associated with restrained eating may be detrimental to relationships.