In women, unhealthy eating habits may worsen their moods, say researchers. In a study, college-age women who were concerned about their eating behaviors reported that moods worsened after bouts of disordered eating, said Kristin Heron, research associate at the Survey Research Center. "There was little in the way of mood changes right before the unhealthy eating behaviors," said Heron. "However, negative mood was significantly higher after these behaviors."According to Heron, who worked with Joshua Smyth, professor of biobehavioral health, Stacey Scott, research associate in the Center for Healthy Aging, and Martin Sliwinski, professor of human development and family studies, people who experience disordered eating patterns may exhibit behaviors such as binge eating, loss of control over eating and food intake restriction. The researchers, who present their findings today (March 15) at the American Psychosomatic Society conference in Miami, detected little change in the participants' moods prior to unhealthy eating. While negative mood was worse after disordered eating, a positive mood did not change either before or after any of the behaviors studied by the researchers.The researchers gathered data from participants in real-life situations. The team gave handheld computers to 131 women who had high levels of unhealthy eating habits and concerns about their body shape and weight, but did not have eating disorders. Several times during the day, the devices would prompt the participants to answer questions about their mood and eating behaviors. "What we know about mood and eating behaviors comes primarily from studies with eating disorder patients or from laboratory studies," said Heron. "We were interested in studying women in their everyday lives to see whether mood changed before or after they engaged in unhealthy eating and weight control behaviors."Smyth said that the study could lead to better treatments for women experiencing eating problems."This study is unique because it evaluates moods and eating behaviors as they occur in people's daily lives, which can provide a more accurate picture of the relationship between emotions and eating," Smyth said. "The results from this study can help us to better understand the role mood may play in the development and maintenance of unhealthy eating, and weight-control behaviors, which could be useful for creating more effective treatment programs for people with eating and weight concerns." Source: Eurekalert << New Promising Treatment Options for Parkinson’s Patients Don't Eat Snow Or Pancakes - Russia's Health Official Advis... >> Recommended Reading Link Between TV Viewing and Unhealthy Eating Habits In US adolescents, a clear association exists between television viewing and unhealthy eating habits, shows study. READ MORE Obesity a Defense Against the Worst Effects of Unhealthy Eating Getting fatter may be part of your body's defense against the worst effects of unhealthy eating, suggests a new study. READ MORE Unhealthy Eating by Pregnant or Lactating Women Causes Irreparable Health Problems in Children An eye opener for pregnant or breastfeeding mothers into the benefits of healthy eating or the repercussions of eating unhealthy could show up as life long benefits READ MORE Children in Transition from Pre-school to School can Develop Unhealthy Eating Habits Researchers have found that children on transition from pre-school to school could develop unhealthy eating habits, thus becoming vulnerable to childhood obesity. READ MORE Chronic Dieting - Is it an Eating Disorder? Chronic dieting is associated with eating disorders that mainly include unhealthy eating practices such as severe calorie restriction in diet of men or women who on a regular basis follow fad diets mainly to reduce weight. READ MORE Food and Mood People are more alert when their brains are producing the neurotransmitters dopamine and norepinephrine, while serotonin production in the brain has been associated with a more calming effect. READ MORE Is Your Man Moody? Women get confused by the behavior of men in their lives. It is time they realize that men too have frequent mood swings. READ MORE Overcome Bad Mood with Yoga Are you irritable or in a bad mood? Learn how you can overcome bad mood with some simple changes to your lifestyle using the basics of yoga. READ MORE Most Popular on Medindia Iron Intake Calculator Pregnancy Confirmation Calculator Color Blindness Calculator More News on: Is Your Man Moody?Food and MoodOvercome Bad Mood with YogaChronic Dieting - Is it an Eating Disorder?