Mindfulness-Based Methods and Eating Behaviors

January 24, 2017
by Pharm Tao

Mindfulness-based interventions are getting more and more popular for the promotion of healthy eating behaviors and weight control. Specifically, studies have indicated that mindfulness meditation may be helpful for healing binge eating (Katterman et al., 2014).

A meta-analysis and review of relevant studies indicated that as a primary intervention method, mindfulness meditation may be beneficial for relieving the problems of emotional eating and improving eating behaviors (Katterman et al., 2014). However, the overall and long-term influences of mindfulness-based methods on weight management need to be examined in larger population groups.

In a study focusing on the effects of an eight-week mindfulness-based method involving 26 women with abnormal eating behaviors, the training showed significant effects on food cravings and emotional eating (Alberts et al., 2012). The training also had beneficial influences on body image concern.

These studies have revealed that mindfulness-based interventions may have potential effects on improving eating behaviors such as emotional eating. More studies with long-term observations are still necessary to evaluate their effects on weight loss and psychological health.


Alberts, H. J. E. M., Thewissen, R., & Raes, L. (2012). Dealing with problematic eating behaviour. The effects of a mindfulness-based intervention on eating behaviour, food cravings, dichotomous thinking and body image concern. Appetite, 58(3), 847–851. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.appet.2012.01.009

Katterman, S. N., Kleinman, B. M., Hood, M. M., Nackers, L. M., & Corsica, J. A. (2014). Mindfulness meditation as an intervention for binge eating, emotional eating, and weight loss: a systematic review. Eating Behaviors, 15(2), 197–204. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.eatbeh.2014.01.005

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