Uncertainty fear and eating disorders linked

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.

The study looked at women aged 18-30 and found a significant link between eating disorder symptoms and intolerance of uncertainty.

Participants were assessed on eating-specific and general intolerance of uncertainty, such as not knowing what will happen tomorrow, together with measures of eating disorder symptoms and other related factors such as perfectionism.

While the relationship between general intolerance of uncertainty and eating disorder symptoms was small but significant, the link with eating-specific intolerance was particularly strong.

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