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The Effects of Mindfulness Training on Eating Behaviors and Food Intake

This study has been completed.
American College of Gastroenterology
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
David Kearney, Seattle Institute for Biomedical and Clinical Research Identifier:
First received: June 6, 2012
Last updated: November 18, 2014
Last verified: November 2014
The investigators propose to study the effect of mindfulness training on the eating behaviors and dietary intake of overweight or obese persons. Mindfulness skills training involves bringing non-judgmental attention to thoughts, emotions and bodily sensations - including hunger and satiety cues. It is hypothesized that as subjects advance through the 8-week class series, developing their capacity for mindfulness and in effect learn to pay attention to the sensations, assumptions, cognitions, and beliefs that underlie their eating behaviors, that their eating behaviors will improve. Specifically, the investigators hypothesize that 1) there will be significant improvements in the areas of uncontrolled and emotional eating, 2) there will be significant decreases in total caloric intake and significant increases in fruits and vegetables, and 3) there will be a positive significant relationship between the frequency/consistency of mindfulness practice and improvements from baseline to follow-up measures.

Condition Intervention Phase
Feeding Behavior
Behavioral: Mindful Eating and Living Course
Early Phase 1

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: The Effects of Mindfulness Training on Eating Behaviors and Food Intake

Further study details as provided by Seattle Institute for Biomedical and Clinical Research:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Change in Eating behaviors [ Time Frame: baseline, 2 months, 5 months ]
    The TFEQ will be administered. Subscales for emotional eating, uncontrolled eating and cognitive restraint will be assessed

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Change in Nutrition intake [ Time Frame: baseline, 2 months, 5 months ]
    The ASA-24 and the DHQ will be administered to assess nutritional intake

Enrollment: 19
Study Start Date: January 2012
Study Completion Date: January 2013
Primary Completion Date: January 2013 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: MEAL
Participation in an 8-week mindful eating course
Behavioral: Mindful Eating and Living Course
An eight week course designed to teach mindfulness skills with an emphasis on mindful eating.
Other Name: MEAL


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Body Mass Index (BMI) > 26

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Psychotic disorders
  • Poorly controlled bipolar disorder
  • Borderline or antisocial personality disorder
  • A diagnosed eating disorder
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01616368

Sponsors and Collaborators
Seattle Institute for Biomedical and Clinical Research
American College of Gastroenterology
Principal Investigator: David Kearney, MD Seattle Institute for Biomedical and Clinical Research
  More Information

Responsible Party: David Kearney, Staff Physician, Seattle Institute for Biomedical and Clinical Research Identifier: NCT01616368     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: MIRB 00458
Study First Received: June 6, 2012
Last Updated: November 18, 2014 processed this record on May 24, 2017