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Multiple Exposure to Activity Anorexia in Rats: Effects on Eating, Weight Loss, and Wheel Running

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Multiple Exposure to Activity Anorexia in Rats: Effects on Eating, Weight Loss, and Wheel Running

Benjamin M. Hampstead et al. Behav Processes.

Abstract

Animals were given five cycles of an activity anorexia (AA) procedure in order to determine the effect of additional experience on eating, running, and weight loss. Female Sprague-Dawley rats were given a 1h meal and allowed access to a running wheel for the remainder of each day. Upon reaching 75% of free-feeding body weight, each animal was denied wheel access and given ad libitum food until it regained the lost weight. Then, food was again restricted and wheel access provided. Sedentary control animals were placed on the restricted feeding schedule for the median number of days experimental animals required to reach weight loss criterion. Experimental animals showed adaptation by increasing food consumption and decreasing the rate of weight loss despite an increase in running across cycles. Additionally, the distribution of running shifted gradually so that during the later cycles, much of the running occurred in the hours just before feeding. The results support the hypothesis that running interferes with adaptation to the restricted feeding schedule and also that the marked increase in anticipatory behavior during the later cycles is primarily responsible for the maintenance of AA.

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