About Obesity

Obesity can be defined as an unhealthy amount of body fat and/or weight. The causes of obesity are many, and it may be driven by the other topics described in this section, including binge eating, emotional eating, exercise avoidance, stress eating, and other factors.

More on Obesity

As obesity is a consequence of various factors that depend on each individual, see the following:

Binge Eating

Emotional Eating

Exercise Motivation

Stress Eating

Want to know more on the latest results on mindfulness approaches to weight control and obesity? Keep reading!

Obesity and Mindful Eating – Exploring the Research

In 2008, it was reported that a 5-year study of an obese individual that included physical exercise, a food awareness program, mindful eating, and a mindfulness procedure as a self-control strategy, helped that individual to reduce his weight from 315 pounds to 171 pounds, increased his physical activity, helped him to eat healthy foods and stop eating rapidly, and substantially reduced his serious medical risk factors.1

A 2009 study reported that mindfulness may improve the quality of life of obese individuals while simultaneously augmenting their weight control efforts.2

Another 2009 study reported that in those who applied the principles and practices of mindfulness consistently, there were greater increases in physical activity and significantly greater reductions in Body Mass Index.3

1Singh N.N., et al. (2008) A mindfulness-based health wellness program for managing morbid obesity. Clinical Case Studies, 7:4, 327-339.
2Lillis, J., et al. (2009) Teaching acceptance and mindfulness to improve the lives of the obese: a preliminary test of a theoretical model. Ann. Behavioral Medicine, 37, 58-69.
3Tapper, K., et al. (2009). Exploratory randomised controlled trial of a mindfulness-based weight loss intervention for women. Appetite, 52:2, 396-404.