Identification and regulation of emotions in adults of varying weight statuses

Andrea E. Kass*, Jennifer E. Wildes, Emil F. Coccaro

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Comparing individuals of varying weight statuses on their identification and regulation of emotions may increase our understanding of mechanisms that drive excess weight gain and highlight more precise weight regulation targets. In Study I (N = 1333), adults with obesity had reduced self-reported attention to and repair of emotions compared to adults with overweight or normal weight. In Study II (N = 85), adults with obesity had deficits in assessor-administrated tasks of strategic emotional intelligence (i.e. understanding and using emotional information for self-management). Problems identifying and regulating emotions could impact emotion regulation processes that lead to problematic behaviors associated with eating and weight gain.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)941-952
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Health Psychology
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jun 1 2019


  • emotion regulation
  • emotional intelligence
  • obesity
  • overweight
  • weight status

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology


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