Meditation may have positive effects on weight control and body satisfaction. A recent study in Australia examined the relationship between meditation and weight control among 8009 Australian women (Lauche et al., 2017). The study also assessed the levels of body satisfaction.
About half of the examined women were overweight or obese, and most of the overweight women had desire for weight management (Lauche et al., 2017). More than 25% of the women with normal BMI and more than 65% of the overweight/obese women were not satisfied with their body weight and shape.
Some weight management approaches were taken by the women, such as physical exercises, having smaller meal sizes, and having less sugars or fats (Lauche et al., 2017). About 8% of the women often practiced yoga or meditation, and more than 14% of the women did so sometimes.
The study found that those women with normal BMI and practiced yoga or meditation were more satisfied with their body weight and shape, in comparison with the non-practitioners (Lauche et al., 2017). In addition, all of the yoga or meditation practitioners exercised more and tended to have a low-sugar diet. The study indicated that the practice of meditation may influence not only the level of body satisfaction, but also the healthy approaches for weight control.
Lauche, R., Sibbritt, D., Ostermann, T., Fuller, N. R., Adams, J., & Cramer, H. (2017). Associations between yoga/meditation use, body satisfaction, and weight management methods: Results of a national cross-sectional survey of 8009 Australian women. Nutrition (Burbank, Los Angeles County, Calif.), 34, 58–64. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nut.2016.09.007