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To Go or Not to Go: A Proof of Concept Study Testing Food-Specific Inhibition Training for Women with Eating and Weight Disorders

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Robert Turton, Bruno P. Nazar, Emilee E. Burgess, Natalia S. Lawrence, Valentina Cardi, Janet Treasure, Colette R. Hirsch

Original languageEnglish
JournalEuropean eating disorders review : the journal of the Eating Disorders Association
Early online date3 Nov 2017
Accepted/In press11 Oct 2017
E-pub ahead of print3 Nov 2017


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Inefficient food-specific inhibitory control is a potential mechanism that underlies binge eating in bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder. Go/no-go training tools have been developed to increase inhibitory control over eating impulses. Using a within-subjects design, this study examined whether one session of food-specific go/no-go training, versus general inhibitory control training, modifies eating behaviour. The primary outcome measure was food consumption on a taste test following each training session. Women with bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder had small non-significant reductions in high-calorie food consumption on the taste test following the food-specific compared with the general training. There were no effects on eating disorder symptomatic behaviour (i.e. binge eating/purging) in the 24 h post-training. The training task was found to be acceptable by the clinical groups. More research is needed with larger sample sizes to determine the effectiveness of this training approach for clinical populations.

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