Video | Business Headlines | Internet | Science | Scientific Ethics | Technology | Search

 


You can have your cake and eat it too

You can have your cake and eat it too

6 December, 2013

Feeling guilty about eating chocolate cake rather than enjoying it as a celebratory treat could add pounds, according to UC research. 

During a recent study, UC researchers asked 300 participants what they thought about when they thought of chocolate cake - did they think of guilt or celebration? 

UC senior lecturer Dr Roeline Kuijer and recent UC graduate Dr Jessica Boyce have been investigating this dilemma with the aim of examining whether people’s response to this simple question was related to their attitudes and intention about healthy eating and their success in maintaining their weight over an 18-month period.  Their findings were recently published in the journal Appetite.

“Guilt can have adaptive as well as maladaptive consequences. It can motivate us to change as guilt is an unpleasant feeling; if you feel guilty you are more likely to change your behaviour,” said Dr Kuijer.  

“However, we also know from research, especially from research looking at disordered eating, that guilt might be related to loss of control, the feeling that you really can’t do it and you may as well let it all go.” 

“In our study we found no evidence for adaptive or motivational aspects of guilt. We found that those people who associated chocolate cake with guilt did not report more positive attitudes or stronger intentions to eat healthily.  Instead, they perceived that they had less control over healthy eating behaviour and they found it more difficult to eat healthily compared to participants who associated chocolate cake with celebration.

“Those who associated eating chocolate cake with guilt were also less likely to be able to maintain their weight over a long period.”

For the purposes of this study the word celebration referred to eating cake to mark a special occasion or event rather than associating the eating of cake with being happy.

Dr Kuijer says that while people should not feel guilty when eating for celebration, eating cake should be still kept within moderation.

“If you have a weight loss goal or want to maintain your weight or a healthy diet, having treats is okay - you don’t have to deny yourself everything and it is perhaps better to see that in a positive light than feeling guilty about it.

“Eating treats once in a while is not a problem. Eating and food are very important for our health and wellbeing and health and wellbeing are more than just being healthy - it is also about enjoyment and pleasure.”

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

Houses (& Tobacco) Lead Inflation: CPI Up 0.3% In March Quarter

The consumers price index (CPI) rose 0.3 percent in the March 2014 quarter, Statistics New Zealand said today. Higher tobacco and housing prices were partly countered by seasonally cheaper international air fares, vegetables, and package holidays. More>>

ALSO:

Notoriously Reliable Predictions: Budget To Show Rise In Full-Time Income To 2018: English

This year’s Budget will forecast wage increases through to 2018 amounting to a $10,500 a year increase in average full time earnings over six years to $62,200 a year, says Finance Minister Bill English in a speech urging voters not to “put all of this at risk” by changing the government. More>>

ALSO:

Prices Up, Volume Down: March NZ House Sales Drop 10% As Loan Curbs Bite

New Zealand house sales dropped 10 percent in March from a year earlier as the Reserve Bank’s restrictions on low-equity mortgages continue to weigh on sales of cheaper property. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Business: Chorus To Appeal Copper Pricing Judgment

Chorus will appeal a High Court ruling upholding the Commerce Commission’s determination setting the regulated prices on the telecommunications network operator’s copper lines. More>>

ALSO:

Earlier:

Cars: Precautionary Recalls Announced For Toyota Vehicles

Toyota advises that a number of its New Zealand vehicles are affected by a series of precautionary global recalls. Toyota New Zealand General Manager Customer Services Spencer Morris stressed that the recalls are precautionary. More>>

ALSO:

'Gardening Club': Air Freight Cartel Nets Almost $12 Million In Penalties

The High Court in Auckland has today ordered Swiss company Kuehne + Nagel International AG to pay a penalty of $3.1 million plus costs for breaches of the Commerce Act. Kuehne + Nagel’s penalty brings the total penalties ordered in this case to $11.95 million ... More>>

ALSO:

Crown Accounts: Revenue Below Projections

Core Crown tax revenue has increased by $1.9 billion (or 5.0%) compared to the same time last year. However this was $1.1 billion less than expected and is reflected across most tax types, continuing the pattern of recent months. More>>

ALSO:

Efficiency: Businesses And Households To Save From New Energy Plans

Minister of Energy and Resources Simon Bridges today announced three energy efficiency initiatives to improve business productivity, save money and reduce carbon emissions. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 
Computer Power Plus
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Sci-Tech
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news