**Can music listening reduce over- eating when feeling sad or stressed?**
Dr Annemieke J. M. van den Tol
Senior Lecturer, University of Lincoln, UK
Dr Helen Coulthard
Reader, De Montfort University, Leicester, UK
PhD Student, De Montfort University, Leicester, UK
Obesity has vast health and economic consequences for individuals and societies across the world. Research indicates that ‘emotional eating’, which is eating to satisfy emotional needs even when not hungry, is strongly related to obesity and overeating. Music listening is found to be commonly used to regulate, and even improve, negative moods. As part of my presentation I will explain how our research shows that emotional eating and music listening are used for partly overlapping emotional functions. I will additionally discuss how our research suggest to best utilise the effects of music for reducing the urge to overeat.
We conducted 3 studies which were designed to explore if music listening could potentially be a healthier alternative to EE. All were lab experiments in which all participants were exposed to either a stress induction (study 1 and 3) or a sadness induction (study 2), then listened to one of 3 types of self-selected music (solace, discharge or distraction) or no music, before taking part in a mock taste test, where the weight of the foods eaten was recorded.
Findings of study 1 and 2 indicated that people engaged in less overeating in conditions where music was present, but that certain types of music (solace music after a stressful mood induction, and discharge music after a sad mood induction) were more successful than others. Findings of study 3 additionally indicated that music listening was succesful in reducing over eating.
*Please email me (Annemieke van den Tol) for further questions or comments about this research: Avandentol@lincoln.ac.uk*
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