Relationships between intuitive eating and health indicators : literature review

Van Dyke, Nina and Drinkwater, Eric J 2014, Relationships between intuitive eating and health indicators : literature review, Public health nurtition, vol. 17, no. 8, pp. 1757-1766, doi: 10.1017/S1368980013002139.

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Title Relationships between intuitive eating and health indicators : literature review
Author(s) Van Dyke, Nina
Drinkwater, Eric JORCID iD for Drinkwater, Eric J
Journal name Public health nurtition
Volume number 17
Issue number 8
Start page 1757
End page 1766
Total pages 10
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Place of publication Cambridge, Eng.
Publication date 2014-08
ISSN 1475-2727
Keyword(s) intuitive eating
normal eating
adaptive eating
Summary OBJECTIVE: To review the peer-reviewed literature on relationships between intuitive eating and health indicators and suggest areas of inquiry for future research. We define the fundamental principles of intuitive eating as: (i) eating when hungry; (ii) stopping eating when no longer hungry/full; and (iii) no restrictions on types of food eaten unless for medical reasons. DESIGN: We include articles cited by PubMed, PsycInfo and Science Direct published in peer-reviewed journals or theses that include 'intuitive eating' or related concepts in the title or abstract and that test relationships between intuitive eating and physical or mental health indicators. RESULTS: We found twenty-six articles that met our criteria: seventeen cross-sectional survey studies and nine clinical studies, eight of which were randomised controlled trials. The cross-sectional surveys indicate that intuitive eating is negatively associated with BMI, positively associated with various psychological health indicators, and possibly positively associated with improved dietary intake and/or eating behaviours, but not associated with higher levels of physical activity. From the clinical studies, we conclude that the implementation of intuitive eating results in weight maintenance but perhaps not weight loss, improved psychological health, possibly improved physical health indicators other than BMI (e.g. blood pressure; cholesterol levels) and dietary intake and/or eating behaviours, but probably not higher levels of physical activity. CONCLUSIONS: Research on intuitive eating has increased in recent years. Extant research demonstrates substantial and consistent associations between intuitive eating and both lower BMI and better psychological health. Additional research can add to the breadth and depth of these findings. The article concludes with several suggestions for future research.
Language eng
DOI 10.1017/S1368980013002139
Field of Research 110699 Human Movement and Sports Science not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 920411 Nutrition
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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