Journal article

An ecological momentary assessment of the effect of fasting during Ramadan on disordered eating behaviors

Jia Li Pauline Chia, Matthew Fuller-Tyszkiewicz, Kimberly Buck, Karim Chamari, Ben Richardson, Isabel Krug

Appetite | ACADEMIC PRESS LTD- ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD | Published : 2018

Abstract

Dietary restriction contributes to disordered eating (DE) behaviors and associated cognitions. However, it is unclear how these outcomes are impacted by dietary restriction for religious purposes, such as fasting observed by Muslims during Ramadan. Using ecological momentary assessment, this study assessed the impact of Ramadan fasting on DE behaviors and correlates. Muslim participants fasting during Ramadan (n = 28) and a control group of non-fasting participants (n = 74) completed baseline measures assessing demographic characteristics and eating pathology. A mobile phone application then prompted participants six times per day for seven days to self-report on dietary restriction efforts,..

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