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Nutrients 2014, 6(3), 985-1002; doi:10.3390/nu6030985
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Intermittent Feeding Schedules—Behavioural Consequences and Potential Clinical Significance

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Received: 29 November 2013; in revised form: 6 February 2014 / Accepted: 17 February 2014 / Published: 4 March 2014
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Eating Disorder and Obesity)
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Abstract: Food availability and associated sensory cues such as olfaction are known to trigger a range of hormonal and behavioural responses. When food availability is predictable these physiological and behavioural responses can become entrained to set times and occur in anticipation of food rather than being dependent on the food-related cues. Here we summarise the range of physiological and behavioural responses to food when the time of its availability is unpredictable, and consider the potential to manipulate feeding patterns for benefit in metabolic and mental health.
Keywords: binge eating; irregular feeding; meal schedules; anxiety; food anticipatory activity; behaviour binge eating; irregular feeding; meal schedules; anxiety; food anticipatory activity; behaviour
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Murphy, M.; Mercer, J.G. Intermittent Feeding Schedules—Behavioural Consequences and Potential Clinical Significance. Nutrients 2014, 6, 985-1002.

AMA Style

Murphy M, Mercer JG. Intermittent Feeding Schedules—Behavioural Consequences and Potential Clinical Significance. Nutrients. 2014; 6(3):985-1002.

Chicago/Turabian Style

Murphy, Michelle; Mercer, Julian G. 2014. "Intermittent Feeding Schedules—Behavioural Consequences and Potential Clinical Significance." Nutrients 6, no. 3: 985-1002.


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