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Effects of Online and Face-to-Face Intuitive Eating Interventions on Body Image and Eating Behaviors among Women in China: A Feasibility Study

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School of Humanities and Social Science, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shenzhen 518172, China
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Institute of Psychology, University of Wroclaw, 50-527 Wroclaw, Poland
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Nutrients 2022, 14(9), 1761; https://doi.org/10.3390/nu14091761
Received: 5 April 2022 / Revised: 21 April 2022 / Accepted: 21 April 2022 / Published: 22 April 2022
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Picky Eating Behavior—What Role Does It Play?)
Body dissatisfaction and eating disorders have become major global concerns, including in Asian populations. Few studies have examined intervention effects on body dissatisfaction and disordered eating in China, especially for interventions with positive psychological perspectives (e.g., intuitive eating). In this pilot study, 66 women participated in an eight-module intuitive eating intervention delivered online (n = 42; mean age, 30.74 years) and face-to-face (n = 24; mean age, 19.46 years) for 8 weeks. Measures of body image and eating behaviors were used to assess the intervention’s feasibility, acceptability, and initial efficacy. Linear mixed models were used to analyze the data. The intervention had significant effects on both groups, promoting positive body image and intuitive eating and reducing negative body image and disordered eating behaviors. The effects of the online and face-to-face interventions did not differ significantly. Thus, whether delivered online or face-to-face, an intuitive eating intervention may effectively improve Chinese women’s body image and eating behaviors. However, the efficacy of the intuitive intervention in the Chinese context should be confirmed in future studies with designs in randomized control trials. View Full-Text
Keywords: intuitive eating; disordered; body image; feasibility study; intervention; Chinese women intuitive eating; disordered; body image; feasibility study; intervention; Chinese women
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Cheng, Z.; Gao, X.; Yang, C.; Brytek-Matera, A.; He, J. Effects of Online and Face-to-Face Intuitive Eating Interventions on Body Image and Eating Behaviors among Women in China: A Feasibility Study. Nutrients 2022, 14, 1761. https://doi.org/10.3390/nu14091761

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Cheng Z, Gao X, Yang C, Brytek-Matera A, He J. Effects of Online and Face-to-Face Intuitive Eating Interventions on Body Image and Eating Behaviors among Women in China: A Feasibility Study. Nutrients. 2022; 14(9):1761. https://doi.org/10.3390/nu14091761

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Cheng, Ziyue, Xueyan Gao, Chengyang Yang, Anna Brytek-Matera, and Jinbo He. 2022. "Effects of Online and Face-to-Face Intuitive Eating Interventions on Body Image and Eating Behaviors among Women in China: A Feasibility Study" Nutrients 14, no. 9: 1761. https://doi.org/10.3390/nu14091761

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