Self-regulatory resources as predictors of eating behavior change in overweight women participating in a weight-reduction program
The main purpose of the study was to investigate whether self-regulatory expectations, volition properties, emotions, and coping with stress contribute to the prediction of eating behavior change in overweight women who participated in weight-reduction program. One hundred and six overweight women aged 35-55 years - (average BMI=32.01) participated in three waves of the study, before the implementation of the weight-reduction program, 2 and 6 months later. Six measures were employed: Eating Behaviours Questionnaire, Generalized Self-Efficacy Scale, Life Orientation Test, Kuhl's Action Control Scale, State-Trait Personality Inventory and Coping Inventory for Stressful Situations. The participants changed their eating behaviors (they reduced tendency to overeating and body weight). The findings support the crucial role of self-regulatory personal resources, namely coping, emotions, expectations and volitional properties in eating behavior change.
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