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Safety of alternate day fasting and effect on disordered eating behaviors

Overview of attention for article published in Nutrition Journal, May 2015
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Title
Safety of alternate day fasting and effect on disordered eating behaviors
Published in
Nutrition Journal, May 2015
DOI 10.1186/s12937-015-0029-9
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Authors

Kristin K Hoddy, Cynthia M Kroeger, John F Trepanowski, Adrienne R Barnosky, Surabhi Bhutani, Krista A Varady

Abstract

Alternate day fasting (ADF; ad libitum intake "feed day" alternated with 75% restriction "fast day"), is effective for weight loss, but the safety of the diet has been questioned. Accordingly, this study examined occurrences of adverse events and eating disorder symptoms during ADF. Obese subjects (n = 59) participated in an 8-week ADF protocol where food was provided on the fast day. Body weight decreased (P < 0.0001) by 4.2 ± 0.3%. Some subjects reported constipation (17%), water retention (2%), dizziness (<20%), and general weakness (<15%). Bad breath doubled from baseline (14%) to post-treatment (29%), though not significantly. Depression and binge eating decreased (P < 0.01) with ADF. Purgative behavior and fear of fatness remained unchanged. ADF helped subjects increase (P < 0.01) restrictive eating and improve (P < 0.01) body image perception. Therefore, ADF produces minimal adverse outcomes, and has either benign or beneficial effects on eating disorder symptoms.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Sweden 1 <1%
Unknown 209 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Bachelor 55 26%
Student > Master 35 17%
Other 14 7%
Student > Doctoral Student 14 7%
Student > Ph. D. Student 12 6%
Other 30 14%
Unknown 50 24%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 50 24%
Nursing and Health Professions 49 23%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 12 6%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 12 6%
Psychology 11 5%
Other 20 10%
Unknown 56 27%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 87. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 18 August 2021.
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#318,057
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#103
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