Review Article Relationships between intuitive eating and health indicators: Literature review

Van Dyke, Nina ORCID: 0000-0002-8872-3451 and Drinkwater, EJ (2014) Review Article Relationships between intuitive eating and health indicators: Literature review. Public Health Nutrition, 17 (8). pp. 1757-1766. ISSN 1368-9800

Abstract

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. Copyright © The Authors 2013.

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This article has been published in Public Health Nutrition. This version is published under a Creative Commons CC-BY-NC-ND. No commercial re-distribution or re-use allowed. Derivative works cannot be distributed. © The Authors.

Item type Article
URI https://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/41655
DOI https://doi.org/10.1017/S1368980013002139
Official URL https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/public-hea...
Subjects Historical > FOR Classification > 1117 Public Health and Health Services
Current > Division/Research > Mitchell Institute
Keywords intuitive eating, lower BMI, psychological health, health indicators, eating behaviours
Citations in Scopus 128 - View on Scopus
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