Response-Inhibition Training for Obesity Treatment
A pilot study
Because many young adults are having difficulties controlling their food cravings and to maintain a healthy body weight, we developed two response training interventions designed to strengthen control over food intake and promote weight loss. Craving Control is a pilot whether an intensive food response training intervention produces lasting weight loss. We will also use objective brain imaging to examine the mechanism of effect of this treatment and investigate the generalizability of the training to non-training foods, and examine factors that should amplify intervention effects. This novel treatment represents a bottom-up implicit training intervention that does not rely on executive control and prolonged caloric deprivation, like behavioral weight loss treatments that have not produced lasting weight loss. If this computer-based response training intervention produces sustained weight loss among overweight individuals, it could be easily and inexpensively disseminated, addressing a leading US public health problem.This pilot study is currently recruiting students aged 18-23 who struggle with overeating and want to lose weight. For more information, please see our website.