Exploring the relationship between orthorexia nervosa, mindful eating and guilt and shame

Thorne, Jessica and Hussain, Misba and Mantzios, Michail (2022) Exploring the relationship between orthorexia nervosa, mindful eating and guilt and shame. Health Psychology Report, 11 (1). pp. 38-47. ISSN 2353-4184

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Orthorexia nervosa (ON) is an under-researched maladaptive eating behaviour which focuses on the quality and purity of food. Mindful eating refers to being aware of what we eat by making conscious food choices. Guilt and shame are negative self-evaluative emotions which have been associated with maladaptive eating behaviours. This study explores the relation-ships between ON, mindful eating, and feelings of guilt and shame.

Participants and procedure:
Two hundred and fifty-two participants were recruited from various online platforms, such as Facebook, Twitter, and In-stagram. They were asked to complete self-report questionnaires on ON, mindful eating, and guilt and shame.

The findings suggested that ON was significantly negatively associated with the mindful eating subscales focused eating, hunger and satiety, and eating with awareness and significantly positively associated with guilt and shame. In addition, guilt was significantly negatively associated with focused eating, whilst both guilt and shame were significantly negatively associated with hunger and satiety and eating with awareness. Further investigation suggested that guilt and shame medi-ated the association between mindful eating and ON.

It was concluded that guilt and shame could explain the association between mindful eating and ON. Limitations and fu-ture directions are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.5114/hpr/152733
11 August 2022Accepted
5 October 2022Published Online
Uncontrolled Keywords: orthorexia nervosa, guilt and shame, mindful eating
Subjects: CAH04 - psychology > CAH04-01 - psychology > CAH04-01-01 - psychology (non-specific)
Divisions: Faculty of Business, Law and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences > Dept. Psychology
Depositing User: Gemma Tonks
Date Deposited: 09 Aug 2023 10:48
Last Modified: 09 Aug 2023 10:48
URI: https://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/14667

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