Understanding the Relationship between Eating Disorders, Religion, and Spirituality

Understanding the Relationship between Eating Disorders, Religion, and Spirituality

Religion, spirituality, food, and eating behaviors can be important sociocultural factors that are often incorporated to create a person’s social and cultural identity.1 For example, religious observances such as Ramadan, Yom Kippur, and Lent require practitioners to alter their eating behaviors for the duration of the observance.2 Most commonly, practitioners engage in fasting or restrictive…