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  • Emotional overeating fed by temperament, caregivers’ reactions to children’s emotions

    Team members, from left, first author Sehyun Ju, professor Kelly Bost and graduate student Samantha Iwinski

    The roots of emotional overeating may be found in individual temperament and self-regulation of one’s emotions, but caregivers’ responses to children’s negative emotions significantly influences whether those as young as age 3 consume food to ease their distress, according to new research by, from left, graduate student Sehyun Ju, human development and family studies professor Kelly Bost, and graduate student Samantha Iwinski.

    Photo by Fred Zwicky


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  • Editor’s note:  

    To reach Kelly Bost, email

    To reach Sehyun Ju, email

    To reach Samantha Iwinski, email

    The paper “Temperament and Emotional Overeating: The mediating role of caregiver response to children’s negative emotions” is available online or from the News Bureau.

    DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2024.1369252