Binge Eaters Are Culinary Risk Takers

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Pork rinds

Pork rinds (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Mashed potatoes and Oreo cookies, frozen vegetables mixed with mayonnaise, and chips with lemon, pork rinds, Italian dressing and salt – if you think these combos sound appetizing, you may be a binge eater. Researchers from the University of Alabama at Birmingham have found that creating food combinations that seem not to go together is a sign of the eating disorder known as binge eating.

These scientists surveyed 507 students from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and the University of Texas at El Paso who were enrolled in Psychology 101 classes, in addition to 45 individuals receiving outpatient treatment for eating disorders in Cincinnati, Ohio. The participant group included males and females and was 45.5 percent non-Hispanic White, 40 percent Hispanic and 10 percent African-American. All of the participants completed a Concocting Survey designed especially for this study.

Here’s what the researchers found:

  • Craving was the primary reason for concocting.
  • The binge eaters experienced the same high arousal emotions as drug users while concocting.
  • The binge eaters experienced intensely negative/self-deprecating emotions while eating the concoctions.
  • There was no difference in concocting susceptibility among the genders or ethnic groups.
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~ by chasm63 on January 4, 2013.

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