Food craving is associated with multiple weight loss attempts

  • Mariantonietta Fabbricatore
  • Claudio Imperatori
  • Anna Contardi
  • Antonino Tamburello
  • Marco InnamoratiEmail author
Original Article


The aim of the study was to investigate the association between food craving and lifetime number of weight-loss attempts, as a proxy index of difficulties in weight-loss maintenance. The participants were 100 adult out-patients with BMI ≥ 25 admitted at three medical centers for the treatment of obesity and excess weight in Rome (Italy). The patients were administered the State and Trait Food Cravings Questionnaire, trait version (FCQ-T). The patients with five or more weight loss episodes (compared to those with four treatments or less) differed in all the dimensions of the FCQ-T. Food craving is associated with more difficulties in weight-loss maintenance after weight-loss interventions.


Obesity Food craving Relapses Weight-loss attempts 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mariantonietta Fabbricatore
    • 1
    • 2
  • Claudio Imperatori
    • 1
  • Anna Contardi
    • 1
    • 2
  • Antonino Tamburello
    • 1
    • 2
  • Marco Innamorati
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  1. 1.Università Europea di RomaRomeItaly
  2. 2.Istituto SkinnerRome/NaplesItaly

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