Those who live in food-insecure households, meaning they had limited access to adequate and nutritious food, are at greater risk for the development of disordered eating behaviors, according to new research published in the journal Eating Behaviors.

Food insecurity is a significant issue that affects a large portion of the U.S. population. More than one in ten households in the United States have experienced food insecurity. Households experiencing food insecurity often face fluctuations in food availability throughout the month, leading to a cycle of food restriction and overconsumption known as the “feast-or-famine” cycle.

The authors behind the new research sought to better understand the consequences of this cycle on individuals’ eating behaviors and overall health.

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