Date Approved


Date Posted


Degree Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department or School

Health Sciences

Committee Member

Rubina Haque, PhD, RD

Committee Member

Alice Jo Rainville, PhD, RD, CHE, SNS

Committee Member

Rachel Liger, MS, RD


Background: Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) is an endocrine disorder, which if left untreated can lead to infertility and diabetes.

Objective: To determine whether women with PCOS who practice intuitive eating skills are more confident in sustaining healthy lifestyle changes.

Methods: A web-based survey was completed by 120 women with PCOS. Bivariate associations between the self-efficacy and intuitive eating scales was investigated using scatterplots, Pearson’s correlation coefficient, and a simple linear regression model. Ratings on the intuitive eating scale were dichotomized as high or low and self-efficacy ratings were compared.

Results: Of the 120 responses, 89% of women (n=107) had previously dieted. A positive relationship existed between intuitive eating ratings and self-efficacy (p<0.001).

Conclusion: Women who engaged in fewer dieting behaviors and thinking were more likely to anticipate implementing and sustaining health behavior and lifestyle changes. Dietary approaches to PCOS which include intuitive eating skills will be more effective and lasting.