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Title: The 5:2 intermittent fasting diet : feasibility and dieters' eating disorder pathology, psychological functioning and experiences
Author: Teng, T.
ISNI:       0000 0004 8502 5943
Awarding Body: UCL (University College London)
Current Institution: University College London (University of London)
Date of Award: 2015
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This thesis consists of three parts. Part One is a review of the literature on the association between general parenting, parental feeding practices and emotional eating in children and adolescents. Overall, the included studies supported the link between parenting and emotional eating in children and adolescents. There was some limited evidence to suggest the variables that moderate and mediate the relationship. However, varying methodologies hindered comparisons among studies. Part Two is an empirical paper on a study which explores the eating disorder pathology, psychological functioning and experiences of individuals doing the 5:2 intermittent fasting diet. When compared to non-5:2 counterparts who were on a diet using other dieting strategies based on the concept of continuous diet, 5:2 individuals showed significantly less eating disorder symptoms. Non-5:2 and 5:2 participants were similar in terms of mood. Participants' account of their experiences regarding doing 5:2 supported the quantitative findings and uncovered factors which may explain the effectiveness of 5:2 in highly motivated individuals who were more able to stick to 5:2. Part Three is a critical appraisal which starts with discussing the rationale for the literature review and the empirical paper. This is followed by reflecting on the rationale for the methodological designs in terms of recruitment, choice of measures and data collection. The appraisal also discusses the process of conducting qualitative research.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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