TH-P01-077 - The inability to unwind from work is associated with increased dietary fat intake in school teachers

Track:
Emotion regulation
What:
Poster Presentation
When:
3 hours 30 minutes
Where:
O'Brien Foyer
Discussion:
0
 
Emotion in the workplace
Emotion regulation
TH-P01-077
The inability to unwind from work is associated with increased dietary fat intake in school teachers
 
S. Liebler 1,*, M. Cropley 1, L. Simonds 1, N. Ingram 1, G. Ostinelli 1, E. Quirke
1University of Surrey, Guildford, United Kingdom
 
Content: Background
Previous research showed that being unable to psychologically unwind from work is associated with increased cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk. There are many possible causes of CVD but one possible mechanism could involve a behavioural pathway in terms of individuals pursuing an unhealthy diet. The aim of this study was to explore the nutritional intake of individuals who find it easy (low ruminators) or difficult (high ruminators) to switch-off from work, using validated diary methodology. 
 
Methods
A cross-sectional design was employed, drawing on data from both questionnaires and food diaries. 42 school teachers completed measures of work-related rumination, emotional eating, restraint eating together with a 4-day food diary including two work days and the weekend.
 
Results 
High ruminators consumed larger amounts of saturated fats (U = 109, z = -2.12, p = .005) and mono-unsaturated fats (U = 126, z = -1.91, p = .015) relative to low ruminators (one-tailed). The effects were only found for work days not the weekend.
 
Discussion
Work-related rumination appears to contribute to a proposed behavioural pathway between unwinding from work and cardiovascular risk. Thus, findings can have implications on future workplace health interventions incorporating training and educational elements to reduce rumination.
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
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