Efficacy of minimal online interventions to manage food cravings

Janine Chapman, Jacqueline Zientara, Carlene Wilson

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    Introduction: Food cravings can lead to compulsive eating and obesity-related health issues, which are associated with increased cancer risk. Psychological techniques such as mindfulness have shown promise in reducing unwanted and intrusive food-associated thoughts, but methods typically involve clinician-led training sessions over a number of weeks and are time and cost intensive. This study developed and tested the efficacy of two minimal, online intervention strategies to assist with the self-management of food cravings after two weeks and one month.Methods: Female participants (N=164;mage = 32) who self-identified as struggling with cravings for food were recruited through local media. They completed online measures of cravings,mood and state mindfulness before being randomized to either:(1) a minimal mindfulness intervention, or (2) a minimal though suppression intervention. Measures were taken at baseline, two weeks and one month follow-up.
    Original languageEnglish
    Article numberO224
    Pages (from-to)S73
    Number of pages1
    JournalInternational Journal of Behavioral Medicine
    Issue numberSuppl. 1
    Publication statusPublished - 2016


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