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Weight loss in rats produced by running: effects of prior experience and individual housing

Boakes, R. A. and Dwyer, Dominic M. ORCID: 1997. Weight loss in rats produced by running: effects of prior experience and individual housing. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology. B: Comparative and Physiological Psychology 50 (2) , pp. 129-148. 10.1080/713932647

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To investigate factors affecting activity-based anorexia (ABA) or activity-stress (AS), rats were given 2-hr access to a running wheel immediately prior to their daily 1.5-hr food access during the light cycle. This produced a reduction in food intake, a steady increase in running, and a large drop in body weight with a prolonged delay before weight recovery began. Experiment 1 found that these effects were reduced in rats with prior experience of eating at this time of day. In contrast, prior experience of running in the wheel when on ad lib food enhanced these effects in Experiment 2, where a subsequent change for half the subjects to individual housing produced a further decrease in body weight. The latter factor was investigated from the outset of Experiment 3 and again individually housed rats showed greater weight loss than did group-housed rats. This experiment also found that in rats of the same age a low initial body weight predicts greater vulnerability to ABA. It was concluded that ABA results from activity-induced reduction of feeding, which prolongs adaptation to a new feeding schedule and is accentuated by social isolation.

Item Type: Article
Status: Published
Schools: Psychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Q Science > QP Physiology
Publisher: Psychology Press
ISSN: 0272-4995
Last Modified: 18 Oct 2022 13:26

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