Recent Studies Related to Obesity Prevention and Binge Eating Disorder—201119-Nov-2014
by Dr. Dawnn McWatters
Part of what is unique about Kristeller’s MB-EAT program is its explicit emphasis upon awareness of the physical cues associated with hunger and satiety; such an approach is similar to, and highly overlaps with, that of Craighead’s (2006) Appetite Awareness Training (AAT) approach, which teaches the “biology of appetite and weight regulation.” In a recent preliminary study of the use of AAT with overweight children (Boutelle et al, 2011), researchers found that both AAT and behavioral cue-exposure treatment (learning to recognize and “surf” the wave of food cravings) had a notable impact on rates of binge eating, with suggestions that both interventions be combined or either used as an adjunct with other forms of treatment as needed. In the study, these interventions were delivered to parents and their children, and similar programs in schools and community-based programs around the country are underway. In another related study currently being conducted (as outlined at http://www.susankaisergreenland.com/susan-kaiser-greenland-inner-kids), Kristeller and colleagues are studying the impact of an 8-week mindfulness training course upon weight reduction, mood, and stress level, targeting obese children and their caregivers.
Barnes, R.D., Masheb, R.M., & Grilo, C.M. (2011). Food Thought Suppression: A Matched Comparison Of Obese Individuals With And Without Binge Eating Disorder. Eating Behavior, 12(4):272-6.