Abstract

Mindfulness as therapy for disordered eating: a systematic review

Author(s): Akihiko Masuda, Mary L Hill

Recently there has been growing interest in mindfulness-based cognitive–behavioral therapies in the field of disordered eating treatment as an alternative or as an adjunct to extant treatment. The aims of this review are to comprehensively identify, summarize and critically evaluate the available outcome evidence of mindfulness-based cognitive–behavioral therapies as treatments for a range of disordered eating concerns. This review suggests that mindfulness-based interventions, especially modified dialectical behavior therapy, seem to be promising treatments for bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder, and eating disorders with borderline personality disorders and substance use disorders. However, evidence is extremely limited on mindfulness-based interventions as treatments for anorexia nervosa. Limitations and future directions are also discussed in this review.


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