Early associations with palatable foods in overweight and obesity are not disinhibition related but restraint related

M.Q. Werrij, A.J. Roefs, I. Janssen, G. Wolters, H.J. Hospers, A.T.M. Jansen, S. Mulkens, D. Stapert

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Obese people prefer and over consume high-fat foods. At the same time they often attempt to lose weight. In two studies we investigated relations between palatable high-fat food words and disinhibition related concepts (study 1) and palatable high-fat food words and restraint related concepts (study 2) within the semantic priming paradigm. In study 1, 24 overweight/obese and 19 healthy weight women participated. There was no association between palatable high-fat food words and disinhibition. In study 2, 27 obese and 29 healthy weight women participated. The presentation of palatable high-fat food words facilitated the accessibility of restraint related concepts as hypothesized, but independent of weight status. Clearly, early associations with palatable high-fat food words are restraint related in both healthy weight and obese people. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2009 APA, all rights reserved) (journal abstract)
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)136-146
JournalJournal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2009

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