publication . Article . 2010

Unintentional eating. What determines goal-incongruent chocolate consumption?

Julia L. Allan; Marie Johnston; Neil Campbell;
Open Access
  • Published: 26 Jan 2010 Journal: Appetite, volume 54, pages 422-425 (issn: 0195-6663, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Elsevier BV
Abstract Overeating can be automatically triggered by the presence of palatable food. When presented with an opportunity to consume unlimited chocolate under the guise of a consumer study, chocolate consumption in individuals (n = 62) with healthy dietary intentions could be predicted from a psychological measure of cognitive inhibition. Individuals who were less able to suppress goal-incongruent responses in an established inhibitory task: (a) ate more chocolate and (b) had a higher body mass index than others suggesting that these individuals were less able to exert dietary control in the presence of palatable but intention-incongruent foods.
free text keywords: Nutrition and Dietetics, General Psychology
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