Intolerance for uncertainty linked to disordered eating

People who fear the unknown or view uncertainty as especially negative or threatening are more likely to report symptoms of eating disorders, according to new ANU research.

A PhD researcher in the Department of Psychology, has been looking at women aged 18 to 30 and has found a significant link between eating disorder symptoms and intolerance of uncertainty.

Research found that people who have difficulty in these areas tend to be more concerned about their weight or shape, leading to habits like avoiding unfamiliar or new foods with unclear ingredients, or constantly jumping on the bathroom scales.

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