Dissertation - Open Access
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Department / School
Health and Nutritional Sciences
Bonny L. Specker
Nutrition, Health and Environmental Sciences, Eating Behaviors, Food Insecurity, Obesity, Physical Activity, Stress, Yoga
There is an urgent need to find effective interventions to prevent and reduce obesity as it is associated with chronic disease and decreased quality of life. Gaining a better understanding of how modifiable variables such as stress, sleep, physical activity, and food insecurity are related to eating behaviors associated with obesity is essential to guide the direction of future interventions and research. Interventions that hold promise need to be tested to determine if they have merit or not. This dissertation presents three papers. Two papers are cross-sectional studies evaluating associations between eating behaviors, obesity, and modifiable variables (stress, sleep, physical activity, and food insecurity). The first paper describes a study completed with college students. This study found that higher emotional eating was associated with higher stress levels and female sex (P2=.12, p=.002): Uncontrolled eating was associated with higher stress when there was good sleep, but not when there was poor sleep. An interaction between age and BMI was significant in a model for cognitive restraint (r2=.18, p
Library of Congress Subject Headings
Food habits -- Psychological aspects.
Includes bibliographical references ( pages 94-98)
Number of Pages
South Dakota State University
Richards, Amy Lee, "Relationship of Stress, Sleep, Physical Activity, and Food Insecurity on Eating Behaviors and Obesity" (2017). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 1775.