Journal article

Life is uncertain, eat dessert first: Uncertainty causes controlled and unemotional eaters to consume more sweets

Tammy J Core, Mindi M Price, Jessica L Alquist, Roy F Baumeister, Dianne M Tice

APPETITE | ACADEMIC PRESS LTD- ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD | Published : 2018

Abstract

Sometimes even dieters with the best self-control overindulge. Uncertain situations may undermine the self-control of even well-controlled eaters. This study was designed to test the hypothesis that uncertainty increases unhealthy snacking. Participants were either told that they would be giving a speech, that they would be listening to a speech, or that they would find out later whether they were to give a speech or not. Among participants who typically reported good control over their eating or scored low on emotional eating, participants who were uncertain about whether they would be giving a speech ate more candy than participants who expected to not have to give a speech and even those ..

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