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J Health Psychol. 2017 Jan;22(1):39-50. doi: 10.1177/1359105315595119. Epub 2016 Jul 10.

Distraction, restrained eating and disinhibition: An experimental study of food intake and the impact of 'eating on the go'.

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University of Surrey, UK.


To assess the impact of distraction on subsequent eating, 60 females consumed a cereal bar while watching TV, walking or talking, and their subsequent desire to eat and food intake were assessed. No effects were found for desire to eat. But while those higher in restrained eating consumed less overall and fewer calories after watching TV or talking, they consumed more overall and more calories (specifically five times more chocolate) if the cereal bar was eaten while walking. 'Eating on the go' may disinhibit restrained eaters either as a form of distraction or by offering a justification to overeat.


dietary restraint; disinhibition; distraction; eating behaviour; eating on the go; hunger

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