Eating expectancies in relation to eating disorder recovery

Ellen E. Fitzsimmons-Craft, Dara A. Keatts, Anna M. Bardone-Cone

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This study examined the relation between eating expectancies, assessed via the Eating Expectancy Inventory, and eating disorder recovery. Individuals formerly seen for an eating disorder were categorized as having an active eating disorder (n = 53), as partially recovered (n = 15), or as fully recovered (n = 20). The expectancies of these groups were compared to each other and to 67 non-eating disorder controls. Results revealed that three of the five eating expectancies differed across groups. Non-eating disorder controls and fully recovered individuals endorsed similar levels of the expectancies that eating helps manage negative affect, eating is pleasurable and useful as a reward, and eating leads to feeling out of control. Partially recovered individuals looked more similar to active eating disorder cases on these expectancies. The other two expectancies did not differ across groups. Results provide some indication that certain eating expectancies may be associated with eating disorder recovery.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1041-1047
Number of pages7
JournalCognitive Therapy and Research
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 2013


  • Eating disorder recovery
  • Eating disorders
  • Eating expectancies
  • Expectancy theory


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