Behavioral models of binge-type eating

Rebecca L. Corwin, Ariel Buda-Levin

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Purpose: To describe and evaluate behavioral models of binge-type eating. Data identification: Studies were identified using Medline and hand searches of bibliographies of identified articles. Study selection: Isomorphic studies were selected that were judged to have some measure of construct validity. Data extraction: Face and construct validity were assessed, as well as simplicity and cost of use. Results of data synthesis: Several different models of binge-type eating exist, each with different strengths of validity and use. These include models using sham feeding, restriction/refeeding cycles and/or stress, limited access (LA) to optional foods, and eating induced by operant schedules of behavior. Conclusions: We concur with Harry Harlow, who was quoted by Gerry Smith as saying: "You'd be crazy to use animal models, but you'd also be crazy not to use them."

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)123-130
Number of pages8
JournalPhysiology and Behavior
Issue number1
StatePublished - Aug 2004

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Behavioral Neuroscience


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