Journal article

Food-Specific Inhibitory Control Mediates the Effect of Disgust Sensitivity on Body Mass Index

Xing Liu, Ji Li, Ofir Turel, Rui Chen, Qinghua He

FRONTIERS IN PSYCHOLOGY | FRONTIERS MEDIA SA | Published : 2019

Abstract

Disgust is an emotion that drives food avoidance. People vary in their responses to disgust, which is captured by their disgust sensitivity. Disgust sensitivity is clinically significant because it can influence eating behaviors, and indirectly people's body mass index (BMI). Inhibitory control can also influence BMI through the role that such reflective abilities play in governing food intake. In this study, we relied on neural models of disgust to suggest that disgust and inhibitory control are intertwined, and that inhibitory control facilitates the translation of disgust sensitivity into BMI. Mediation analyses applied to 46 subjects, including 29 normal body weight [BMI = 18.34 kg/m2 (S..

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Grants

Awarded by National Natural Science Foundation of China


Awarded by Fundamental Research Funds for Central Universities


Awarded by Open Research Fund of the Key Laboratory of Mental Health, Institute of Psychology, Chinese Academy of Sciences


Awarded by High-end Foreign Expert Introduction Program


Funding Acknowledgements

This study was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (31972906), Fundamental Research Funds for Central Universities (SWU1809003), Open Research Fund of the Key Laboratory of Mental Health, Institute of Psychology, Chinese Academy of Sciences (KLMH2019K05), and the High-end Foreign Expert Introduction Program (G20190022029).