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(p. 121) Cue Exposure for Binge Eating 

(p. 121) Cue Exposure for Binge Eating
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(p. 121) Cue Exposure for Binge Eating
Author(s):

Carolyn Black Becker

, Nicholas R. Farrell

, and Glenn Waller

DOI:
10.1093/med-psych/9780190069742.003.0011
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date: 25 February 2020

Many patients who have experienced difficulties with binge eating continue to do so even after nutritional stabilization. This can happen because they experience learned cues that trigger strong food cravings. Cue exposure can be useful to address such binge eating. This technique involves confronting the cues that typically elicit heightened food cue reactivity (i.e., cravings), while preventing the subsequent response of bingeing. In this process, patients learn that their binge cues are no longer predictive of an actual episode of binge eating. That learning has the effect of substantially weakening cravings that occur in association with exposure to binge eating cues.

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