We needed to explore whether there are associations between cheat meals and eating disorder psychopathology.”.Their findings also revealed that engagement in cheat meals was highest among men.“Clinical professionals should be aware of the common occurrence of cheat meals among adolescents and young adults and the sanctioned nature of these behaviors in fitness communities and on social media,” says Ganson.“Future research should continue to conceptualize these types of eating behaviors and their implications for public health.”.
“Characterizing cheat meals among a national sample of Canadian adolescents and young adults” by Kyle T.Characterizing cheat meals among a national sample of Canadian adolescents and young adults.
However, knowledge gaps remain regarding the frequency and characterization of foods and calories consumed during cheat meals, and their associations with eating disorder behaviors and psychopathology
Thus, the aims of this study were to delineate engagement in cheat meals among a large, national sample of Canadian adolescents and young adults
Frequencies of engagement in cheat meals, and associated foods and calories consumed, in the past 12 months and 30 days were determined
The associations between engagement in cheat meals and eating disorder behaviors and psychopathology were determined using modified Poisson regression analyses
Mean number of cheat meals in the past 12 months was equivalent to > 1 per week, which was similar to engagement in the past 30 days
Finally, engagement in cheat meals in the past 12 months and 30 days was associated with patterns of eating disorder behaviors and psychopathology among all participants, including binge-eating-related behaviorsThis study further characterized and extended knowledge of cheat meal engagement across genders, aligning with prior research by demonstrating that engagement is associated with greater eating disorder psychopathology
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