Evidence and potential mechanisms for mindfulness practices and energy psychology for obesity and binge-eating disorder.


Journal Article (Review)

Obesity is a growing epidemic. Chronic stress produces endocrine and immune factors that are contributors to obesity's etiology. These biochemicals also can affect appetite and eating behaviors that can lead to binge-eating disorder. The inadequacies of standard care and the problem of patient noncompliance have inspired a search for alternative treatments. Proposals in the literature have called for combination therapies involving behavioral or new biological therapies. This manuscript suggests that mind-body interventions would be ideal for such combinations. Two mind-body modalities, energy psychology and mindfulness meditation, are reviewed for their potential in treating weight loss, stress, and behavior modification related to binge-eating disorder. Whereas mindfulness meditation and practices show more compelling evidence, energy psychology, in the infancy stages of elucidation, exhibits initially promising outcomes but requires further evidence-based trials.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Sojcher, R; Gould Fogerite, S; Perlman, A

Published Date

  • September 2012

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 8 / 5

Start / End Page

  • 271 - 276

PubMed ID

  • 22938745

Pubmed Central ID

  • 22938745

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1878-7541

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.explore.2012.06.003


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States