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Appetite. 1990 Apr;14(2):105-9.

From dietary restraint to binge eating: some theoretical considerations.

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Division of Psychoneuroendocrinology, Max-Planck-Institute for Psychiatry, Munich, F.R.G.


A correlation between dietary restraint and the occurrence of binge eating has been convincingly shown in several investigations. However, the mediating mechanisms have not yet been elaborated in detail nor linked to empirical evidence. This theoretical gap is addressed in the following. After a short review of behavioral and metabolic correlates of dietary restraint, potential effects of restrained eating on the psychophysiological regulation of food intake are described. These effects may lead to the disruption of intake regulation and therefore can be regarded as direct causes of binge eating.

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