3 years ago

Mindfulness, self-compassion, and mindful eating in relation to fat and sugar consumption: an exploratory investigation

Michail Mantzios, Helen Egan, Misba Hussain, Rebecca Keyte, Henna Bahia


While much research has focused on overeating when exploring constructs of mindfulness, mindful eating, and self-compassion, there is limited research on the specific relationship of these constructs with consumption of energy-dense foods that have a large impact on weight regulation. In a cross-sectional study, university students (n = 546) were recruited to explore the relationship between mindfulness, mindful eating, self-compassion, and fat and/or sugar consumption. Results indicated that all constructs were negatively related to fat and sugar consumption, but self-compassion did not do so in a univariate fashion. When investigating subscales, negative aspects such as isolation and over-identification show a significant positive relationship to fat and sugar consumption. Possible explanations and future directions are discussed further with an emphasis on the need for more empirical work.

 Level of Evidence: Level V, cross-sectional descriptive study.

Publisher URL: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s40519-018-0548-4

DOI: 10.1007/s40519-018-0548-4

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