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

Tapper, K., Shaw, C., Ilsley, J., Hill, A.J., Bond, F.W. and Moore, L. (2009) Exploratory randomised controlled trial of a mindfulness-based weight loss intervention for women. Appetite, 52(2), pp. 396-404. (doi:10.1016/j.appet.2008.11.012)

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Publisher's URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.appet.2008.11.012

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:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Moore, Professor Laurence
Authors: Tapper, K., Shaw, C., Ilsley, J., Hill, A.J., Bond, F.W., and Moore, L.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > MRC/CSO Unit
Journal Name:Appetite
ISSN:0195-6663
ISSN (Online):1095-8304

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