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Why People Overeat : Rethinking the Causes of Obesity

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Publication Date: January 2008

Publisher(s): RAND Corporation

Author(s): Deborah Cohen; Thomas Farley


Type: Fact sheet


This research brief summarizes a study suggesting that though lack of will power is blamed for failure to maintain a diet, the more likely culprit is automatic responses to cues to eat and the availability of cheap, convenient, high-calorie foods.