To Go or Not to Go: A Proof of Concept Study Testing Food-Specific Inhibition Training for Women with Eating and Weight Disorders
European Eating Disorders Review
Wiley for Eating Disorders Association
Copyright © 2017 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd and Eating Disorders Association.
Reason for embargo
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.
Robert Turton receives funding from the Medical Research Council (MRC) and the Psychiatry Research Trust (PRT) (Grant PCPTAAR). Dr. Bruno Palazzo Nazar has received funding from Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior (CAPES) and from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ). Dr. Emilee Burgess received funding from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and Nova Scotia Health Authority. Dr. Colette Hirsch, Professor Janet Treasure OBE and Dr. Valentina Cardi, receive salary support from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), Mental Health Biomedical Research Centre at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust and King’s College London.
This is the author accepted manuscript. The final version is available from Wiley via the DOI in this record.
Published online 3 November 2017