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Investigating maladaptive reward memory processes in young people who binge eat

Some people occasionally binge on large volumes of food and feel that they lose control over their eating. Such bingeing can cause negative thoughts, have unintended health consequences, and can also lead to more serious eating disorders such as Binge Eating Disorder. We wish to understand why some people experience this issue and whether we can develop better ways to help people reduce or manage bingeing. The latest research in psychology and neuroscience suggests that the way people learn about the rewarding aspects of food is an important factor in binge eating. Some people, for instance, find that certain "trigger foods" tend to cause bingeing. We wish to test this theory directly and assess whether trying to change unhelpful responses to foods might affect bingeing behaviours. 

Details:

We are looking for:

Inclusion:

  • We are looking for healthy men and women, aged 18-24, who binge on food 1 to 4 times per month and experience a sense of loss-of-control when bingeing, but are otherwise generally well.

Exclusion:

Please note, you MAY NOT take part if you:

  • are currently seeking treatment for your binge eating or any other psychiatric condition
  • if you suffer from any major psychiatric or physical health disorder
  • if you have a current diagnosis of Bulimia, Anorexia, or a drug or alcohol use disorder

Location:

  • London

Expenses:

You will need to attend 3 sessions over ~2 weeks at University College London's Clinical Psychopharmacology Unit, and will receive payment of £65, with £5 for each online follow-up, for a total payment of £85.

Contact information:

Contact EMMA or LOUISE for more information.

Email: binge.eating.cpu@gmail.com

Phone: 020 7679 1826

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