Corticotropin-releasing factor and ingestive behaviors

John E. Morley, Allen S. Levine

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Psychological and physical stress in animals and humans has been shown to alter feeding behavior. Both the type and the duration of the stressor appear to play a role in determining the effect on food intake. In laboratory animals, some stressors, e.g., mild tail pinching, will lead to overeating, while other stressors, e.g., immobilization stress or exposure to a novel environment, result in anorexia.1 In a study conducted in humans, we found that 44% increased eating and 48% decreased eating when stressed,2 Pathological stress overeating can also be precipitated by stress, as seen in bulimia, in which the eating binge tends to be precipitated by a traumatic event occurring during a period of voluntary dieting.3 Anorexia nervosa may be considered a pathological form of stress-induced undereating.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCorticotropin-Releasing Factor
Subtitle of host publicationBasic and Clinical Studies of a Neuropeptide
PublisherCRC Press
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781351079389
ISBN (Print)0849345502, 9781315891835
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018

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