Adding mindfulness to CBT programs for binge eating: a mixed-methods evaluation.

Author: Woolhouse H, Knowles A, Crafti N.
Healthy Mothers Healthy Families Research Group, Murdoch Children's Research Institute, Royal Children's Hospital, Parkville, Victoria, Australia.
Conference/Journal: Eat Disord.
Date published: 2012
Other: Volume ID: 20 , Issue ID: 4 , Pages: 321-39 , Special Notes: doi: 10.1080/10640266.2012.691791. , Word Count: 100

The current study investigated the effectiveness of a combined mindfulness-CBT group therapy program for women with binge eating problems. Questionnaires were completed by group participants pre-program (n = 30), post-program (n = 30) and 3 month follow-up (n = 28). Significant reductions between pre- and post-program scores were found on standardised measures assessing binge eating, dieting, and body image dissatisfaction, with all reductions maintained at follow-up. Qualitative interviews with 16 women following completion of the program revealed the value of mindfulness in improving eating behaviour through increased self-awareness. This exploratory study supports the value of adding mindfulness to the more commonly utilised CBT-based programs for binge eating.
PMID: 22703573