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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