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Introduction:

Pregnancy is a powerful biopsychosocial event that involves a multitude of rapid changes to a woman’s body, eating patterns, social functioning, and self identity – most of which are largely outside her control. Although it is well known that eating disorders and disordered eating disproportionally affect young women often during childbearing years, historically, scientific understanding of the intersection between pregnancy and eating disorders has been poor. Overall, it is known that pregnancy can impact an eating disorder in three main ways:

1) Pregnancy may function as a catalyst for remission

2) Pregnancy may exacerbate existing ED symptoms

3) Pregnancy may act as a trigger for relapse However, pregnancy may also serve as a period of risk for unaffected women, acting as precipitating event for the development of disordered eating behaviours in women without a lifetime history of an eating disorder.

However, pregnancy may also serve as a period of risk for unaffected women, acting as precipitating event for the development of disordered eating behaviours in women without a lifetime history of an eating disorder.

Publication Date

2016

Keywords

psychology, pregnancy, disordered eating, abnormal eating, eating disorder

Disciplines

Applied Behavior Analysis | Health Psychology | Psychology

Disordered or [Ab]normal Eating in Pregnancy

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