Due to the physical and aesthetic demands of sport, elite athletes must pay meticulous attention to functional eating, with emphasis on adequate and nutritionally appropriate food. However, it is increasingly recognised that food may also be consumed in response to emotions, known as emotional eating (Macht & Simons, 2011). In the context of elite sport, emotional eating may compromise functional eating goals, as the use of food to regulate emotions is associated with a failure to maintain weight management goals (Elfhag & Rössner, 2005). In this chapter, having first set the nutrition and performance context of elite sport, we examine emotional eating and its role in emotion regulation. We then present applied recommendations intended to help athletes and coaches manage unhelpful emotional eating. We conclude by summarising the implications for research and practice.
|Title of host publication||Feelings in Sport|
|Subtitle of host publication||Theory, Research, and Practical Implications for Performance and Well-being|
|Editors||Montse Ruiz, Claudio Robazza|
|Publication status||Accepted/In press - 1 Sep 2020|
|Name||Routledge Psychology of Sport, Exercise and Physical Activity|
- Emotional eating
Devonport, T., Nicholls, W., & Chen-Wilson, C-H. J. (Accepted/In press). Emotional Eating: Implications for Research and Practice in Elite Sports Contexts. In M. Ruiz, & C. Robazza (Eds.), Feelings in Sport : Theory, Research, and Practical Implications for Performance and Well-being (1 ed.). (Routledge Psychology of Sport, Exercise and Physical Activity). Routledge.