Study: Intermittent Fasting Linked To Several Eating Disorders In Teens

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BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — A recent study out of the science journal Eating Behaviors found that a New Year's resolution to practice intermittent fasting to shed a few pounds may not be as safe as originally believed for some adolescents.

Intermittent fasting is the dietary practice of switching between periods of regular consumption and fasting at certain hours of the day or night. One popular example of intermittent fasting is anchoring eating times to an eight-hour window and fasting for the rest of the day. Though the practice has been praised to be an effective method for weight loss, researchers say they have discovered some potential health risks for young adults, namely a connection between the dietary practice and certain eating disorders.

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Assistant Professor at University of California, San Francisco Study co-author Jason Nagata said the study looked at more than 2,700 teenagers and young adults in Canada and found a link between intermittent fasting and eating disorders in women, including binge eating, some bulimic behaviors, and compulsive exercise. Nagata says the association is notable given the significant increase in eating disorders in teens and young girls since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

WBZ's Shari Small (@ShariSmallWBZ) reports.

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