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Exploratory randomised controlled trial of a mindfulness-based weight loss intervention for women

Tapper, Katy, Shaw, Christine, Ilsley, Joanne, Hill, Andrew J., Bond, Frank W. and Moore, Laurence Anthony Russell 2009. Exploratory randomised controlled trial of a mindfulness-based weight loss intervention for women. Appetite 52 (2) , pp. 396-404. 10.1016/j.appet.2008.11.012

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Abstract

To explore the efficacy of a mindfulness-based weight loss intervention for women. Sixty-two women (ages 19–64; BMI 22.5–52.1) who were attempting to lose weight were randomised to an intervention or control condition. The former were invited to attend four 2-h workshops, the latter were asked to continue with their normal diets. Data were collected at baseline, 4 and 6 months. BMI, physical activity, mental health. At 6 months intervention participants showed significantly greater increases in physical activity compared to controls (p < .05) but no significant differences in weight loss or mental health. However, when intervention participants who reported ‘never’ applying the workshop principles at 6 months (n = 7) were excluded, results showed both significantly greater increases in physical activity (3.1 sessions per week relative to controls, p < .05) and significantly greater reductions in BMI (0.96 relative to controls, equivalent to 2.32 kg, p < 0.5). Reductions in BMI were mediated primarily by reductions in binge eating. Despite its brevity, the intervention was successful at bringing about change. Further refinements should increase its efficacy.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Medicine
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Uncontrolled Keywords: obesity, weight loss, mindfulness, physical activity, binge eating, ACT
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 0195-6663
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2020 21:46
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/23807

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