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Pilot testing of commitment strategies to reduce impulsive eating during obesity treatment
by Cummings, Megan K., M.S., Rush University, 2017, 107; 10648542
Abstract (Summary)

The current trend of obesity in the United states calls for more innovative ways to help one lose and maintain weight. While many different approaches exist, weight lost is often not sustained long term. Regain of weight can be attributed to impulsively eating high calorie foods that are readily available in most food environments. The purpose of this pilot study is to assess the feasibility and acceptability of four commitment strategies (financial contracts, preordering healthy meals, time locking safes and pattern setting) in addition to standard behavioral treatment for impulsive eating reduction. To do this, participants used each of the four commitment strategies for two weeks in a counterbalanced order. The final three weeks the study was a "mix and match" period where participants used any combination of the strategies. Results of this study show that many of the tested commitment strategies can meaningfully reduce the occurrence of impulsive eating episodes. This study will also help to optimize strategies for use in a future, long-term weight loss study.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Tangney, Christy
School: Rush University
School Location: United States -- Illinois
Source: MAI 56/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Nutrition
Keywords: Commitment Strategies, Impulsive Eating, Obesity, Standard Behavioral Treatment
Publication Number: 10648542
ISBN: 978-0-355-24048-1
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