(STUDY FINDS) – Intermittent fasting continues to be heralded by dieters, nutrition experts, and doctors alike as a highly effective eating routine for overall health. Defined as forgoing food for more than eight hours at a time, the technique is touted as an effective way to control or lose weight and positively affect both long and short-term health. Despite a strong body of research pointing to these health benefits, very few research projects, however, have investigated the darker side of intermittent fasting.
Now, new findings from the University of Toronto link intermittent fasting to dangerous eating disorder attitudes and behaviors among both adolescents and young adults.
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The study encompasses data from over 2,700 adolescents and young adults originally collected by the Canadian Study of Adolescent Health Behaviors. Researchers report finding a connection between intermittent fasting and all disordered eating behaviors for women. That includes binge-eating, as well as compensatory behaviors like vomiting and compulsive exercise. For men, those who tried the diet routine were also more likely to report compulsive exercise.