Adding mindfulness to CBT programs for binge eating: a mixed-methods evaluation

Eat Disord. 2012;20(4):321-39. doi: 10.1080/10640266.2012.691791.


The current study investigated the effectiveness of a combined mindfulness-CBT group therapy program for women with binge eating problems. Questionnaires were completed by group participants pre-program (n = 30), post-program (n = 30) and 3 month follow-up (n = 28). Significant reductions between pre- and post-program scores were found on standardised measures assessing binge eating, dieting, and body image dissatisfaction, with all reductions maintained at follow-up. Qualitative interviews with 16 women following completion of the program revealed the value of mindfulness in improving eating behaviour through increased self-awareness. This exploratory study supports the value of adding mindfulness to the more commonly utilised CBT-based programs for binge eating.

Publication types

  • Evaluation Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Binge-Eating Disorder / therapy*
  • Bulimia / therapy*
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy / methods*
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Meditation / psychology*
  • Mind-Body Therapies*
  • Multivariate Analysis
  • Psychotherapy, Group / methods*
  • Qualitative Research
  • Surveys and Questionnaires