Youth Obesity, Mindful Eating, and Meditation-Based Interventions

Today more than 30% of young people in the US are overweight, and more than 15% of them have metabolic syndrome (Dalen et al., 2015). Youth obesity is becoming a more and more significant health problem. However, effective interventions are still to be developed to solve the problem. In the meantime, most of the conventional weight loss approaches are not able to adjust eating behaviors or improve psychological conditions, which are also serious.

These problems are requesting more extensive cognitive-behavioral strategies that can be helpful for healing youth obesity. For example, meditation-based mindful eating strategies have been suggested as a useful approach that may improve the psychological status and promote weight loss among the youth (Dalen et al., 2015).

Such mindfulness methods may also incorporate family relationships to emphasize the environmental factors that may affect the results. The combination of mindful eating and family involvement, i.e., an integrative family-based mindful eating strategy has been proposed for helping overweight youth (Dalen et al., 2015). The effectiveness of such a framework needs to be tested in the relevant population.

References:

Dalen, J., Brody, J. L., Staples, J. K., & Sedillo, D. (2015). A Conceptual Framework for the Expansion of Behavioral Interventions for Youth Obesity: A Family-Based Mindful Eating Approach. Childhood Obesity (Print), 11(5), 577–84. https://doi.org/10.1089/chi.2014.0150

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