When youth-focused festivals hit the beaches of my British Columbia town, buff bodies are everywhere. Swim wear just shy of nudity is the dress code, and anyone with a less than perfect body simply stays out of sight.
Sieukaran surveyed 227 York University students who were 17 to 21 years old. At the beginning and end of the four-month study period, she logged their eating and drinking habits. She says, “I wanted to know the effects of dieting and heavy drinking over time.”
The SFU media release reports:
Sieukaran found that of three types of disordered eating — dieting, emotional eating, and eating in response to external stimuli rather than hunger — only dieting was associated with increased alcohol-associated risk behaviours.
“With the other types of disordered eating, there was actually a decrease in those types of behaviours,” she says. “So there’s a real connection between dieting and heavy drinking.”
She adds, “It’s a special group of drinkers that we should be focusing on in terms of prevention and treatment programs.”
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