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AYURVEDIC HEALTH REMEDIES

RESTRICTING FOOD INTAKE

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DISCLAIMER: The pathogenesis of each person's condition is unique, and so the diet must be fit to the individual and the unique root causes of the condition in your body. The information on this page is for educational purposes only and should not be used to treat a medical condition. It is not a substitute for medical care. Please check with your doctor before making any changes to your health and wellness routine.

AVOID ACCUMULATION IN STAGE OF DISEASE 0

RESTRICTING FOOD INTAKE IS IN STAGE OF DISEASE 0 - POTENTIAL CAUSE

Potential causes increase and disturb your imbalanced doshas and biocharacteristics, causing them to accumulate and spiral out of control. For example, if you're overheated and eat a chili pepper, heat may become excessive and cause disease. As a dosha or biocharacteristic accumulates in your body according to your dietary and lifestyle habits, it is more and more likely to cause disease. You can reduce an imbalanced dosha or biocharacteristic in two ways, by removing, or lessening the frequency of aggravating causes from your diet and lifestyle, as well as by favoring balancing diet and lifestyle practices. For example, try eating something as cool as a cucumber when you're overheated, instead of a chili pepper.

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AGGRAVATES THESE DOSHAS & BIOCHARACTERISTICS

'Restricting Food Intake' is likely to aggravate the following doshas and biocharacteristics. If you have a systemic imbalance of one of these doshas or biocharacteristics, Ayurveda would generally recommend removing, substitute or lessen the frequency of 'Restricting Food Intake'.

Imbalance Accumulates

Improper food and lifestyle causes balances to accumulate. Ayurveda shows you exactly which doshas and biocharacteristics are likely to accumulate in your body. Once these doshas and biocharacteristics accumulate too much, they will begin to cause imbalance. You can reduce an imbalanced dosha or biocharacteristic by removing things that aggravate it from your diet and lifestyle.
BIOCHARACTERISTICFOODS TO AVOIDDO YOU HAVE THIS IMBALANCE?
VATA
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Status Unknown

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PITTA
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CLEAR

ABOUT CLEAR BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Clear refers to anything that cleanses or flushes out wastes, or that digests ama.

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Status Unknown

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COLD

ABOUT COLD BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Cold refers to anything that reduces body temperature, metabolism, and blood flow.

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Status Unknown

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DRY

ABOUT DRY BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Dry is identified by lack of moisture, lack of fat, or anything that causes diuresis.

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Status Unknown

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LIGHT

ABOUT LIGHT BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Lightness is identified by reduced weight.

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Status Unknown

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ASTRINGENT

ABOUT ASTRINGENT BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Astringency is characterized by constriction, drawing together, or drying.

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Status Unknown

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BITTER

ABOUT BITTER BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Bitter taste has cholagogue action - it is cold, clear, light, and stimulating. It increases digestive enzymes, laxative, and drying.

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Biocharacteristics of 15,613 People Reporting Restricting Food Intake

On average the biocharacteristics of people reporting Restricting Food Intake were less aggravated than 78% of other symptoms. From the 15,613 people who reported Restricting Food Intake in this research study of 74,671 individuals, average deviation in biocharacteristic levels were the following:

BIOCHARACTERISTIC

AVG CLIENT LEVEL %

%CASES (#)

#IMBALANCE

Oily
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80.8%
28.9% (4,508)
9,587 have Oily constitution
Kapha
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78.2%
37.2% (5,815)
12,745 have Kapha constitution
Sweet
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77.9%
30.1% (4,701)
9,650 have Sweet constitution
Heavy
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74.5%
30.4% (4,753)
9,738 have Heavy constitution
Salty
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73.6%
25.2% (3,927)
7,179 have Salty constitution
Gooey
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54.0%
21.2% (3,306)
7,069 have Gooey constitution
Astringent Sign
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47.2%
20.7% (3,232)
8,068 have Astringent constitution
Light Sign
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42.1%
21.4% (3,339)
9,391 have Light constitution
Bitter Sign
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37.4%
19.3% (3,020)
8,626 have Bitter constitution
Difficult
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37.4%
27.4% (4,275)
8,532 have Difficult constitution
Cold Sign
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37.1%
22.6% (3,529)
8,107 have Cold constitution
Sour
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35.9%
21.1% (3,302)
7,528 have Sour constitution
Hot
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33.7%
21.0% (3,282)
7,949 have Hot constitution
Dry Sign
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32.6%
20.9% (3,268)
9,009 have Dry constitution
Pungent
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27.4%
16.6% (2,590)
6,802 have Pungent constitution
Causes Pitta
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26.8%
28.2% (4,406)
10,540 have Pitta constitution
Toxic
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25.1%
23.6% (3,685)
7,099 have Toxic constitution
Causes Vata
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22.4%
28.3% (4,414)
11,554 have Vata constitution

Risk Factors of Restricting Food Intake

Below you will see general risk factors as well as the greatest risk factors, i.e. those who were also more likely to report Restricting Food Intake. Overall, 28.12% of people surveyed in this research study reported Restricting Food Intake.

SYMPTOM (Cases)

Cases With Both

% Reporting This

Increase from 28.12%

Review These Common Risk Factors

Feel underweight (2358)
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589
25%
10% less often
Feel overweight (25362)
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11533
45.5%
60% more often
Hyperactive, quick (19615)
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4172
21.3%
20% less often
Fatigue / tired (16721)
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7753
46.4%
70% more often
Male (1336)
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462
34.6%
20% more often
Female (26227)
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11255
42.9%
50% more often
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Pretend Eating / Playing with Food (461)
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394
85.5%
200% more often
Chewing and spitting food (1294)
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985
76.1%
170% more often
Restricting Water Intake (650)
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456
70.2%
150% more often
Purging Food (2856)
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1974
69.1%
150% more often
Diuretics to lose weight (2085)
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1425
68.3%
140% more often
Fasting during daytime hours / bingeing at night (5367)
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3650
68%
140% more often
Laxatives to lose weight (2812)
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1887
67.1%
140% more often
Exercising as punishment (2175)
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1430
65.7%
130% more often
Omitting Food Groups (10981)
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7129
64.9%
130% more often
Anorexia, past or current (4050)
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2571
63.5%
130% more often
Body dysmorphia / Distorted self-image (5887)
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3738
63.5%
130% more often
Panic about size, shape or weight (6563)
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4156
63.3%
130% more often
Fasting to lose weight (11675)
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7340
62.9%
120% more often
Diet pills, gums (5926)
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3721
62.8%
120% more often
Exercising after eating too much (2548)
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1598
62.7%
120% more often
Drinking coffee to replace food (7337)
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4580
62.4%
120% more often
Hide food (3231)
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1983
61.4%
120% more often
Eating vegetables to suppress hunger (9352)
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5725
61.2%
120% more often
Trauma-induced overeating (1603)
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978
61%
120% more often
Scheduling time alone to eat (3314)
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2012
60.7%
120% more often
Self-loathing (6841)
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4125
60.3%
110% more often
Binging more than 1x monthly (5063)
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3053
60.3%
110% more often
Feel like a failure after overeating (9279)
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5595
60.3%
110% more often
Hiding wrappers / packaging (4619)
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2770
60%
110% more often
Secretive eating (8337)
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4996
59.9%
110% more often
Bulimia, past or current (3506)
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2095
59.8%
110% more often
Uncontrollable compulsion to eat (4198)
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2509
59.8%
110% more often
Smoking to suppress appetite (3891)
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2328
59.8%
110% more often
Preoccupied with food (5772)
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3422
59.3%
110% more often
Preoccupied with size, shape or weight (12085)
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7152
59.2%
110% more often
Compulsive exercising (1909)
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1125
58.9%
110% more often
Currently/recently on a diet (11960)
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7036
58.8%
110% more often
Multiple weight loss programs (10770)
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6324
58.7%
110% more often
Stole food or money to buy food (1041)
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610
58.6%
110% more often
Self Mutilation (1881)
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1101
58.5%
110% more often
Avoid social events due to appearance (7275)
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4242
58.3%
110% more often
Buy food for others then eat it (2759)
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1605
58.2%
110% more often
Feel judged for my weight (9359)
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5400
57.7%
110% more often
Weigh myself daily (8123)
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4638
57.1%
100% more often
Eat when abdomen painful (2767)
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1578
57%
100% more often
Foods, drinks, or supplements to lose weight (13052)
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7409
56.8%
100% more often
Indiscriminate eating (3113)
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1758
56.5%
100% more often
Ashamed of weight (11921)
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6729
56.4%
100% more often
Can't stop eating once I start (4901)
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2761
56.3%
100% more often
Preoccupied with healthy eating (10868)
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6107
56.2%
100% more often
Rebel against food limitations (3798)
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2118
55.8%
100% more often
Overeat because of spouse / kids (2718)
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1516
55.8%
100% more often
Bulky muscles (2089)
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1155
55.3%
100% more often
Artificial sweeteners (8589)
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4754
55.3%
100% more often
Liposuction (652)
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357
54.8%
90% more often
Psychiatric Treatment (3639)
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1981
54.4%
90% more often
Burning sense of shame (3769)
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2047
54.3%
90% more often
Gastric bypass surgery (437)
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236
54%
90% more often
Eating without realizing it (4049)
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2175
53.7%
90% more often
Overeat more than 2x/week (8274)
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4434
53.6%
90% more often
Body Checking (12680)
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6797
53.6%
90% more often
Not attractive enough (1759)
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941
53.5%
90% more often
Defensive (225)
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120
53.3%
90% more often
Eat when lonely / depressed (9688)
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5166
53.3%
90% more often
Recent broken bone (182)
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97
53.3%
90% more often
Exercising without eating (7501)
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3994
53.2%
90% more often
Can't afford to buy food (1909)
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1008
52.8%
90% more often
Insulin Resistance (2202)
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1155
52.5%
90% more often
Blisters (609)
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319
52.4%
90% more often
Manic / giddy (2385)
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1244
52.2%
90% more often
Strep Throat (1657)
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862
52%
80% more often
Angry when someone eats my food (7138)
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3698
51.8%
80% more often
Laryngitis (906)
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468
51.7%
80% more often
Epilepsy (190)
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98
51.6%
80% more often
Distress when sweets unavailable (4006)
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2062
51.5%
80% more often
Oppressed / disempowered (3669)
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1886
51.4%
80% more often
Blood or pus in mucus (462)
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237
51.3%
80% more often
Fat on back (9429)
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4837
51.3%
80% more often
Low metabolism (11201)
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5739
51.2%
80% more often
Guilty (1123)
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575
51.2%
80% more often
Search for perfect bite (3999)
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2046
51.2%
80% more often
Muscles heavy / tired (6435)
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3286
51.1%
80% more often
Pale menstrual blood (461)
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235
51%
80% more often
Difficulty finding clothes that fit (9502)
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4833
50.9%
80% more often
Recent weight change (6009)
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3051
50.8%
80% more often
Neuralgia (784)
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398
50.8%
80% more often
Low self esteem (11266)
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5726
50.8%
80% more often
Famine / Underfed in Childhood (1923)
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976
50.8%
80% more often
Vomiting (1149)
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582
50.7%
80% more often
Water Retention (10907)
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5515
50.6%
80% more often
Fat back of arms (12643)
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6398
50.6%
80% more often
Not smart enough (1117)
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564
50.5%
80% more often
Nipple Fissures / Candida / Skin Problems (827)
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417
50.4%
80% more often
Unsupportive environment (3565)
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1797
50.4%
80% more often
Lungs Irritated / Inflamed (1038)
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523
50.4%
80% more often
Puffy hands (5957)
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2998
50.3%
80% more often
Use laxatives frequently (2294)
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1154
50.3%
80% more often
Underdressed for cold weather (3757)
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1891
50.3%
80% more often
Edema (2527)
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1268
50.2%
80% more often
Puffy / swollen skin (3944)
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1979
50.2%
80% more often

Complications of Those Reporting Restricting Food Intake

In this research study, people who report Restricting Food Intake were likely to report the following:

REPORTS

CASES WITH BOTH

INCREASE

%

NORMALLY

Prolonged bleeding when cut (Poor clotting)
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611
+2.3 times
4%
1.74% (1,259 cases)
Exercising as punishment
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1430
+2.0 times
9%
4.43% (2,175 cases)
Pretend Eating / Playing with Food
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394
+2.0 times
3%
1.48% (461 cases)
Slow, heavy digestion
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6903
+1.9 times
44%
22.89% (21,898 cases)
Painful menstruation & menstrual cramps
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6361
+1.9 times
41%
21.59% (13,471 cases)
Currently/recently on a diet
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7036
+1.9 times
45%
24.25% (11,960 cases)
Purging Food
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1974
+1.8 times
13%
7.06% (2,856 cases)
Exercising after eating too much
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1598
+1.8 times
10%
5.47% (2,548 cases)
Artificial sweeteners
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4754
+1.8 times
30%
17.04% (8,589 cases)
Chewing and spitting food
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985
+1.7 times
6%
3.47% (1,294 cases)
Anorexia, past or current
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2571
+1.7 times
16%
9.45% (4,050 cases)
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Compulsive exercising
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1125
+1.7 times
7%
4.18% (1,909 cases)
Abdominal surgery
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607
+1.6 times
4%
2.47% (1,336 cases)
Gastric bypass surgery
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236
+1.6 times
2%
1.26% (437 cases)
Exercising without eating
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3994
+1.6 times
26%
16.67% (7,501 cases)
Bulimia, past or current
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2095
+1.5 times
13%
8.43% (3,506 cases)
Smoking to suppress appetite
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2328
+1.5 times
15%
9.99% (3,891 cases)
Restricting Water Intake
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456
+1.5 times
3%
2.02% (650 cases)
Recurrent Vomiting
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393
+1.5 times
3%
2.03% (817 cases)
Body dysmorphia / Distorted self-image
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3738
+1.5 times
24%
16.44% (5,887 cases)
Gain weight easily
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10051
+1.5 times
64%
43.99% (35,031 cases)
Dilated Pupil
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259
+1.4 times
2%
1.38% (518 cases)
Yellow bump on eye
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245
+1.4 times
2%
1.39% (535 cases)
Fasting to lose weight
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7340
+1.4 times
47%
32.89% (11,675 cases)
Vomiting
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582
+1.4 times
4%
2.82% (1,149 cases)
Fasting during daytime hours / bingeing at night
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3650
+1.4 times
23%
16.26% (5,367 cases)
Diuretics to lose weight
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1425
+1.4 times
9%
6.42% (2,085 cases)
Omitting Food Groups
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7129
+1.4 times
46%
33.04% (10,981 cases)
Laxatives to lose weight
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1887
+1.4 times
12%
8.63% (2,812 cases)
Pale menstrual blood
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235
+1.4 times
2%
1.44% (461 cases)
Skip meals more than 2x/week
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7812
+1.4 times
50%
36.1% (15,623 cases)
Poor diet
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5251
+1.4 times
34%
24.63% (11,384 cases)
Diet pills, gums
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3721
+1.4 times
24%
17.56% (5,926 cases)
Panic about size, shape or weight
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4156
+1.4 times
27%
19.92% (6,563 cases)
Self Mutilation
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1101
+1.4 times
7%
5.17% (1,881 cases)
Exercise aggravates symptoms
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2361
+1.4 times
15%
11.1% (5,106 cases)
Stole food or money to buy food
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610
+1.4 times
4%
2.96% (1,041 cases)
Binging more than 1x monthly
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3053
+1.3 times
20%
14.86% (5,063 cases)
Blood or pus in mucus
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237
+1.3 times
2%
1.49% (462 cases)
Strong hunger
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8207
+1.3 times
53%
39.61% (31,540 cases)
Hide food
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1983
+1.3 times
13%
9.78% (3,231 cases)
Painful rash
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248
+1.3 times
2%
1.51% (516 cases)
Feel judged for my weight
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5400
+1.3 times
35%
26.44% (9,359 cases)
Conflict makes me restless
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10796
+1.3 times
69%
52.33% (43,701 cases)
Avoid social events due to appearance
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4242
+1.3 times
27%
20.48% (7,275 cases)
Nipple Fissures / Candida / Skin Problems
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417
+1.3 times
3%
2.28% (827 cases)
Gray Stool
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237
+1.3 times
2%
1.52% (528 cases)
Preoccupied with size, shape or weight
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7152
+1.3 times
46%
35.03% (12,085 cases)
Eating vegetables to suppress hunger
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5725
+1.3 times
37%
28.2% (9,352 cases)
Long workday
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5914
+1.3 times
38%
28.99% (22,260 cases)
Even liquid foods aggravate abdominal pain
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559
+1.3 times
4%
3.06% (1,126 cases)
Flat rash
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251
+1.3 times
2%
1.53% (526 cases)
Drinking coffee to replace food
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4580
+1.3 times
29%
22.19% (7,337 cases)
Overwhelmed by responsibilities
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8472
+1.3 times
54%
41.32% (19,304 cases)
Trauma-induced overeating
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978
+1.3 times
6%
4.62% (1,603 cases)
Feel like a failure after overeating
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5595
+1.3 times
36%
27.76% (9,279 cases)
Fatty fried food
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5132
+1.3 times
33%
25.49% (11,744 cases)
Pain relieved by doubling over
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1244
+1.3 times
8%
6.2% (2,537 cases)
Exercising when emotional
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2655
+1.3 times
17%
13.22% (5,575 cases)
Workaholic
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2586
+1.3 times
17%
13.24% (5,855 cases)
Insomnia
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6012
+1.3 times
39%
30.39% (13,627 cases)
Unable to exercise due to Injury, disease, breathlessness, etc
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1529
+1.3 times
10%
7.8% (3,400 cases)
Trying to lose weight
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11943
+1.3 times
76%
59.31% (25,373 cases)
Hiding wrappers / packaging
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2770
+1.3 times
18%
14.08% (4,619 cases)
Puffy / swollen skin
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1979
+1.3 times
13%
10.17% (3,944 cases)
Feel overweight
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11533
+1.3 times
74%
57.96% (25,362 cases)
Liver Sore
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391
+1.3 times
3%
2.35% (883 cases)
Feel guilty when skip exercise
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8459
+1.3 times
54%
42.31% (18,003 cases)
Secretive eating
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4996
+1.3 times
32%
25.19% (8,337 cases)
Multiple weight loss programs
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6324
+1.3 times
41%
32.35% (10,770 cases)
Strep Throat
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862
+1.3 times
6%
4.74% (1,657 cases)
Guarding area of pain
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418
+1.3 times
3%
2.38% (886 cases)
Self-loathing
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4125
+1.3 times
26%
20.63% (6,841 cases)
Irregular/small appetite
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4754
+1.3 times
30%
23.81% (20,509 cases)
Skin problems on knees
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549
+1.3 times
4%
3.18% (1,119 cases)
Tonsil Stones
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1040
+1.3 times
7%
5.58% (2,415 cases)
Gas, irregular digestion
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11451
+1.3 times
73%
58.32% (47,247 cases)
Wide, Heavy Hips
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5222
+1.3 times
33%
26.4% (20,459 cases)
Fatty deposits/lipoma
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1181
+1.2 times
8%
6.41% (2,372 cases)
Overeat because of spouse / kids
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1516
+1.2 times
10%
8.03% (2,718 cases)
Scheduling time alone to eat
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2012
+1.2 times
13%
10.44% (3,314 cases)
Body Checking
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6797
+1.2 times
44%
35.36% (12,680 cases)
Intense emotions
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10169
+1.2 times
65%
52.25% (42,048 cases)
Tarry black stools
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704
+1.2 times
5%
4.02% (1,494 cases)
Uncontrollable compulsion to eat
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2509
+1.2 times
16%
12.89% (4,198 cases)
Intermittent abdominal pain
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3212
+1.2 times
21%
16.93% (6,963 cases)
Pain lower back
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8511
+1.2 times
55%
44.53% (19,881 cases)
Emotional eating
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9653
+1.2 times
62%
50.22% (20,626 cases)
Financially unstable
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5927
+1.2 times
38%
30.79% (13,604 cases)
Weigh myself daily
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4638
+1.2 times
30%
24.33% (8,123 cases)
Stress overeater
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8585
+1.2 times
55%
44.62% (17,964 cases)
Ashamed of weight
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6729
+1.2 times
43%
34.92% (11,921 cases)
Canned/frozen food
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5765
+1.2 times
37%
30.1% (13,186 cases)
Water Retention
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5515
+1.2 times
35%
28.5% (10,907 cases)
Stocky, round, broad or large
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4880
+1.2 times
31%
25.26% (19,065 cases)
Friends are work related, change with job
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5460
+1.2 times
35%
28.54% (22,284 cases)
Preoccupied with food
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3422
+1.2 times
22%
17.94% (5,772 cases)
Smooth patches on tongue surface
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572
+1.2 times
4%
3.27% (1,253 cases)
Tense muscles when stressed
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4127
+1.2 times
26%
21.33% (9,005 cases)
Hirsutism / Female Facial Hair on Chin
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620
+1.2 times
4%
3.29% (1,304 cases)
Bluish nail-beds
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1077
+1.2 times
7%
5.76% (2,239 cases)

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