Ecological Momentary Assessment in Eating Disorder and Obesity Research: a Review of the Recent Literature

Scott G. Engel*, Ross D. Crosby, Graham Thomas, Dale Bond, Jason M. Lavender, Tyler Mason, Kristine J. Steffen, Dan D. Green, Stephen A. Wonderlich

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Contribution to journalReview articlepeer-review

119 Scopus citations

Abstract

Our current understanding of the etiology and maintenance of eating disorders and obesity continues to be far from complete. Similarly, our understanding of determinants of both successful and unsuccessful weight loss surgery is also quite limited. While a number of research methodologies have been applied to these areas, one methodology that has recently seen a rise in popularity is the use of ecological momentary assessment (EMA). EMA allows one to study a variety of variables of interest in the natural environment. The study of eating disorders, obesity, and bariatric surgery has all been conducted using EMA recently. The current study is a review of these areas and summarizes the recent literature (past 3 years) in eating disorders, obesity, and bariatric surgery using EMA methodology.

Original languageEnglish
Article number37
Pages (from-to)1-9
Number of pages9
JournalCurrent Psychiatry Reports
Volume18
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Apr 2016
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Bariatric surgery
  • Disordered eating
  • Eating disorders
  • Ecological momentary assessment
  • Gastric bypass surgery
  • Momentary assessment
  • Naturalistic assessment
  • Obesity

Fingerprint

Dive into the research topics of 'Ecological Momentary Assessment in Eating Disorder and Obesity Research: a Review of the Recent Literature'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this