Emotional reinforcement as a protective factor for healthy eating in home settings
Authors: Lu, Ji; Huet, Catherine; Dube, Laurette
Background: According to the literature, meals consumed at home are healthier than those consumed away from home (AFH), but reasons underlying this protective effect have not been fully understood. Emotional reinforcement of healthy eating patterns at home is examined as a putative contributing mechanism.
Objective: This study examined expectations for within-individual emotional reinforcement of healthy eating at home, reflected in reports of 1) more intense positive and less intense negative affects after healthier meals than at baseline at home (and not in AFH settings) and 2) more intense positive and less intense negative affects reported before a meal being predictive of healthier meals than at baseline at home (and not in AFH settings).
Read full paper: American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, July 2011