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Can mindfulness training reduce disordered eating or increase intuitive eating?

Ramsey-Wade, Christine; Daniels, Elizabeth; Williamson, Heidi; Atkinson, Melissa; Halliwell, Emma


Beth Daniels
Professor in Centre for Appearance Research

Heidi Williamson
Associate Professor in Applied Health Research

Melissa Atkinson

Emma Halliwell
Associate Professor in Psychology


Background and Aims

Disordered eating is widespread, and further evidence-based interventions are needed to address this. Mindful Eating – Conscious Living™ (ME-CL) is an American 8-week mindfulness-based intervention (MBI) built upon the framework of previous, effective MBIs that focuses on cultivating a joyful relationship with food. ME-CL is currently being delivered internationally, without any formal evaluation. The aim of this research was to investigate the acceptability, feasibility and effectiveness of ME-CL.


This study employed a quantitative design to conduct a time series analysis of ME-CL. A non-randomised controlled trial with an internal control and a 9-month follow-up was conducted (N = 47). Self-report questionnaires measured a range of factors, including disordered eating behaviour, body appreciation, and intuitive eating.


Linear mixed models produced significant trends over time on all scales and sub-scales. Paired sample t-tests showed that all trends moved in the predicted direction.


Mindful Eating – Conscious Living™ can reduce disordered eating and increase intuitive eating in women with an interest in mindfulness. Further trials are warranted with more diverse samples, in fully randomised designs, to investigate ME-CL™ and its key components.


Ramsey-Wade, C., Daniels, E., Williamson, H., Atkinson, M., & Halliwell, E. (2024, June). Can mindfulness training reduce disordered eating or increase intuitive eating?. Poster presented at Appearance Matters 10, Bristol, UK

Presentation Conference Type Poster
Conference Name Appearance Matters 10
Conference Location Bristol, UK
Start Date Jun 11, 2024
End Date Jun 13, 2024
Deposit Date Jun 28, 2024
Publicly Available Date Jun 28, 2024
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