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Evaluation of a Mindful Eating Intervention Curriculum Among Elementary School Children and their Parents

Published:November 20, 2017DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jneb.2017.09.017
      In light of the high prevalence of unhealthy food behaviors and obesity among children, there is growing interest among nutrition researchers and educators in the mindful eating approach to address food behaviors. The mindful eating approach encourages paying purposeful attention to body-related sensations and to thoughts and feelings about food while practicing nonjudgment.
      • Alberts H.J.
      • Thewissen R.
      • Raes L.
      Dealing with problematic eating behaviour: the effects of a mindfulness-based intervention on eating behaviour, food cravings, dichotomous thinking and body image concern.
      This awareness and acceptance can strengthen attention to internal hunger and fullness cues and decrease emotional eating resulting from negative emotions and other external cues. Research suggested that mindful eating interventions may reduce the frequency and intensity of cravings, emotional eating, and binge-eating episodes in adults.
      • O'Reilly G.A.
      • Cook L.
      • Spruijt-Metz D.
      • Black D.S.
      Mindfulness-based interventions for obesity-related eating behaviours: a literature review.
      However; there is limited information about the effectiveness of school-based mindful eating interventions. Furthermore, there is a need to investigate possible roles of parents in a mindful eating intervention among children.
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