Young adults who consume high-calorie “cheat meals” might be more likely to develop an eating disorder. In a new study published in the Journal of Eating Disorders, researchers at the University of Toronto collected data from over 2,700 young adults between ages 16 and 30. They found that young adult women often consumed cheat meals with salty and sweet foods, while men ate foods with higher amounts of protein. They found that over half of respondents ate at least one cheat meal over the course of a year, and this behavior was linked to eating disorders such as binge-eating, compulsive exercise, overeating and fasting.
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