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9:08 AM | February 18, 2013
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People who self-identify as dieters are an unhappy bunch on the whole. They usually score high on measures of depression and anxiety and low on self-esteem. A new study provides a clue as to why. Jessie de Witt Huberts and her colleagues tested three groups of female students and found the "restrained eaters" (they reported dieting more often and being conscious of their food intake) ate just as much as other students. They also experienced a lot more guilt, especially in relation to eating. […]

de Witt Huberts, J., Evers, C. & de Ridder, D. (2012). Double trouble: restrained eaters do not eat less and feel worse, Psychology & Health, 1-15. DOI:

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