Open Access Thesis
Master of Science (MS)
Department or School
Rubina Haque, PhD, RD
Alice Jo Rainville, PhD, RD, CHE, SNS
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.
Schillinger, Meaghan Ormsby, "Study of intuitive eating ratings and self-efficacy differences in women with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)" (2014). Master's Theses and Doctoral Dissertations. 588.