What is it about?

Over 20 years of research shows that intuitive eating can result in better mental health. But changing how we eat is difficult for many reasons. We spoke with people from a rural area of Victoria to understand what they thought about intuitive eating and what might make it difficult or easier to eat this way. We found that most people had never heard of intuitive eating, but once they knew what it is, they saw a lot of problems with eating intuitively, even if they thought ultimately it might be better for them.

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Why is it important?

Our findings are important for understanding how to increase intuitive eating and thus potentially improve mental health.


I first developed an interest in intuitive eating was back in the late 1990s, well before the first academic article was published. Along with a colleague I met at a professional development course years later, we managed to get a small amount of money to fund a population study with rural Australians focused on eating behaviours and, in particular intuitive eating.

Assoc/Prof Nina Van Dyke

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This page is a summary of: What do people think of intuitive eating? A qualitative exploration with rural Australians, PLoS ONE, August 2023, PLOS,
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0278979.
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