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Friluftsliv in Eating Disorder Recovery: A Systematic Review

Lise K.J. Trangsrud, Marit Borg, Solfrid Bratland-Sanda


Participation in friluftsliv has gained increased attention along with the growing concern regarding the extended prominence of mental health challenges. The objective of this study was to conduct a systematic review of various forms of friluftsliv as part of recovery processes for people experiencing eating disorders. Following the PRISMA guidelines, we systematically searched in five databases and 5,994 hits were retrieved. Screening of abstracts according to the inclusion and exclusion criteria identified 13 full-text studies as eligible. The most prominent findings were improved body image and enhanced self-esteem following participation in friluftsliv. However, more high-quality research is necessary for an increased understanding of if, and how, friluftsliv can contribute in the recovery processes and reduction of factors associated with eating disorders.

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recovery; friluftsliv; eating disorder; body image; self-esteem

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