Journal article

Cheat meals: A benign or ominous variant of binge eating behavior?

Stuart B Murray, Eva Pila, Jonathan M Mond, Deborah Mitchison, Aaron J Blashill, Catherine M Sabiston, Scott Griffiths

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

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: Engagement in "cheat meals" has been recently documented as a socially endorsed dietary practice oriented towards pursuing physique ideals, and which bears qualitative semblance to disordered eating behavior. However, the clinical significance of this dietary practice remains unclear. METHODS: We recruited a sample of young adults (n = 248; 56% women; Mage = 19.29 ± 0.58) and examined the prevalence and characteristics of cheat meal engagement, including its associations with eating disorder pathology, psychological distress, and impairment in role functioning. RESULTS: Findings revealed that 89.1% of participants engaged in cheat meal consumption that was either planned or sponta..

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