Background: An association between eating competence and bioclinical factors for healthy adults has been identified. However, no research has been conducted into the association of ecSI 2.0TM scores and biopsychosocial measures for adults with metabolic syndrome. Purpose: To examine the congruence between eating competence and biopsychosocial measures at baseline and post-intervention in individuals with metabolic syndrome. Methods: Self report surveys administered to participants: Satter Eating Competence Inventory (ecSI 2.0TM), Short Form Health Survey Mental Health and Vitality scales(SF-36 MH and VT), Perceived Stress Scale (PSS), Patient Health Questionnaire – 8 (PHQ-8). Bioclinical measures: HDL cholesterol, triglycerides, blood glucose, BMI, and demographic data. Results: ecSI 2.0TM scores were associated with lower stress, less depressive symptoms, greater mental health, and greater vitality. Findings did not support a relationship between eating competence and HDL-C, triglycerides, blood pressure, blood glucose, BMI, and waist circumference. Conclusion: A relationship between some biopsychosocial factors and eating competence were identified, however further research with a larger sample size is suggested.
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Hickey, Jenna, "An Examination of the Relationship between Eating Competence and Biopsychosocial Factors in Adults with Metabolic Syndrome" (2021). Thesis. Rochester Institute of Technology. Accessed from
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