Intermittent feeding schedules: behavioural consequences and potential clinical significance

Michelle Murphy, Julian G Mercer

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)985-1002
Number of pages18
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 14 Mar 2014


  • binge eating
  • irregular feeding
  • meal schedules
  • anxiety
  • food anticipatory activity
  • behaviour


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