Development of a VR application for binge eating treatment: Identification of contexts and cues related to bingeing behavior in Spanish and Italian patients

Marta Ferrer-Garcia, José Gutiérrez-Maldonado, Joana Pla, Giuseppe Riva, Alexis Andreu-Gracia, Antonios Dakanalis, Fernando Fernandez-Aranda, Laura Forcano, Joan Ribas-Sabaté, Nadine Riesco, Mar Rus-Calafel, Isabel Sánchez, Luís Sanchezplanell

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Abstract

The objective of this study was to identify frequent situations and specific cues that produce the craving to binge in Spanish and Italian samples of patients with eating disorders (ED). There were two main aims: to assess transcultural differences in the contexts and cues that elicit food craving; and to develop valid, reliable VR environments for effective cue-exposure therapy (CET) for patients from both countries. Department of Psychiatry, Hospital Germans Tries i Pujol Twenty-six Spanish Keywords: Virtual reality, food craving, binge eating, cue-exposure therapy, clinical sample and 75 Italian ED patients completed an ad hoc questionnaire to assess contexts and cues that trigger the craving to binge. No differences between groups were found. All patients reported experiencing higher levels of craving in the afternoon/early evening and in the late evening/night, between meals, when alone, and more frequently at the end of the week. Being in the dining room, the kitchen, the bedroom, the bakery and the supermarket were the specific situations that produced the highest levels of craving to binge. We used the questionnaire results to develop a virtual reality application for CET.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAnnual Review of Cybertherapy and Telemedicine 2014: Positive Change: Connecting the Virtual and the Real
PublisherIOS Press
Pages71-75
Number of pages5
Volume99
ISBN (Print)9781614994015, 9781614994008
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 30 2014

Keywords

  • Binge eating
  • Clinical sample
  • Cue-exposure therapy
  • Food craving
  • Virtual reality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science(all)

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