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Novel methods to help develop healthier eating habits for eating and weight disorders: A systematic review and meta-analysis

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)132-155
Number of pages24
JournalNeuroscience and biobehavioral reviews
Early online date13 Dec 2015
Accepted/In press10 Dec 2015
E-pub ahead of print13 Dec 2015
PublishedFeb 2016


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This paper systematically reviews novel interventions developed and tested in healthy controls that may be able to change the over or under controlled eating behaviours in eating and weight disorders. Electronic databases were searched for interventions targeting habits related to eating behaviours (implementation intentions; food-specific inhibition training and attention bias modification). These were assessed in accordance with the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic reviews and Meta-Analyses (PRISMA) guidelines. In healthy controls the implementation intention approach produces a small increase in healthy food intake and reduction in unhealthy food intake post-intervention. The size of these effects decreases over time and no change in weight was found. Unhealthy food intake was moderately reduced by food-specific inhibition training and attention bias modification post-intervention. This work may have important implications for the treatment of populations with eating and weight disorders. However, these findings are preliminary as there is a moderate to high level of heterogeneity in implementation intention studies and to date there are few food-specific inhibition training and attention bias modification studies.

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