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

Explore (NY). 2012 Sep-Oct;8(5):271-6. doi: 10.1016/j.explore.2012.06.003.


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.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Behavior Therapy*
  • Binge-Eating Disorder / etiology
  • Binge-Eating Disorder / psychology
  • Binge-Eating Disorder / therapy*
  • Humans
  • Meditation / methods*
  • Mind-Body Therapies / methods*
  • Obesity / etiology
  • Obesity / psychology
  • Obesity / therapy*
  • Stress, Psychological / complications
  • Stress, Psychological / therapy*
  • Weight Loss*