Measures of Feeding Behavior

There are many different techniques that can be used to measure feeding behavior in a number of different environmental situations (see 00000 and 00000). These techniques are used in real-life and/ or laboratory studies of feeding. Generally, in the laboratory, specific aspects of the system are manipulated at the cognitive, sensory, gastrointestinal, or even the metabolic level by, for example, deceiving subjects about the energy content of foods, altering the sensory variety of the diet, and administering nasogastric or parenteral infusions, respectively. A number of other manipulations can be achieved. Because the environment can have such a large influence on feeding behavior it is important to consider a particular influence on feeding in several contexts. For instance, the effects of fat on energy intake have been considered in several laboratory and real-life contexts. Under most sets of circumstances dietary fat appears to be a risk for excess intake. The relationship between the experimental context and how it influences the investigations made is depicted in Figure 3.

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