Current Obesity Reports

, Volume 7, Issue 1, pp 37–49 | Cite as

Mindfulness Approaches and Weight Loss, Weight Maintenance, and Weight Regain

  • Carolyn DunnEmail author
  • Megan Haubenreiser
  • Madison Johnson
  • Kelly Nordby
  • Surabhi Aggarwal
  • Sarah Myer
  • Cathy Thomas
Psychological Issues (V Drapeau and S Sogg, Section Editors)
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Purpose of Review

There is an urgent need for effective weight management techniques, as more than one third of US adults are overweight or obese. Recommendations for weight loss include a combination of reducing caloric intake, increasing physical activity, and behavior modification. Behavior modification includes mindful eating or eating with awareness. The purpose of this review was to summarize the literature and examine the impact of mindful eating on weight management.

Recent Findings

The practice of mindful eating has been applied to the reduction of food cravings, portion control, body mass index, and body weight. Past reviews evaluating the relationship between mindfulness and weight management did not focus on change in mindful eating as the primary outcome or mindful eating as a measured variable.


This review demonstrates strong support for inclusion of mindful eating as a component of weight management programs and may provide substantial benefit to the treatment of overweight and obesity.


Mindful eating Weight Weight loss Weight maintenance Weight regain Obesity Overweight Mindfulness Awareness Meditation Acceptance-based behavior therapy (ABBT) Mindfulness-based stress reduction Literature review 


Compliance with Ethical Standards

Conflict of Interest

Carolyn Dunn, Megan Haubenreiser, Madison Johnson, Kelly Nordby, Surabhi Aggarwal, Sarah Myer, and Cathy Thomas declare that they have no conflict of interest.

Human and Animal Rights and Informed Consent

This article does not contain any studies with human or animal subjects performed by any of the authors.


Papers of particular interest, published recently, have been highlighted as: • Of importance

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Carolyn Dunn
    • 1
    Email author
  • Megan Haubenreiser
    • 2
  • Madison Johnson
    • 1
  • Kelly Nordby
    • 1
  • Surabhi Aggarwal
    • 1
  • Sarah Myer
    • 1
  • Cathy Thomas
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Agricultural and Human SciencesNorth Carolina State UniversityRaleighUSA
  2. 2.Community and Clinical Connections for Prevention and Health BranchNorth Carolina Division of Public HealthRaleighUSA

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