Mindfulness moderates the relationship between Emotional Eating and Body Mass Index in a sample of people with Cystic Fibrosis

Egan, Helen and Keyte, Rebecca and Nash, Edward. F and Barrett, J. and Regan, Anna and Mantzios, Michail (2020) Mindfulness moderates the relationship between Emotional Eating and Body Mass Index in a sample of people with Cystic Fibrosis. Eating and Weight Disorders. ISSN 1124-4909

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Abstract

Self-regulation in eating is significant for enhancing life expectancy of people with Cystic Fibrosis (CF), but research with this population is scarce. In a cross-sectional study, this research explored typical eating behaviours and motivations to eat palatable foods as elements that increase calorie intake, and mindfulness, mindful eating and self-compassion as elements that may decrease intake. In addition, the positive relationship between emotional eating and body mass index (BMI), and the potential of moderating such relationship through mindfulness, mindful eating and self-compassion was investigated. Findings suggested that indeed motivations to eat palatable foods and eating behaviours correlate with higher BMI, while mindfulness, mindful eating and self-compassion did not reach significance. Mindfulness and mindful eating moderated the relationship between emotional eating and BMI, while self-compassion did not moderate this relationship. While down-regulating is achieved through mindfulness and mindful eating by proposing healthier eating behaviours, future research needs to focus on external eating, and the potential of enhancing intake in healthy and effective ways.

Item Type: Article
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1007/s40519-020-00969-6
Date: 31 July 2020
Uncontrolled Keywords: Cystic fibrosis, Eating behaviours, Mindful eating, Mindfulness, Self-compassion
Subjects: C800 Psychology
Divisions: Faculty of Business, Law and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences > Dept. Psychology
REF UoA Output Collections > REF2021 UoA 04: Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience
Depositing User: Michail Mantzios
Date Deposited: 30 Jul 2020 09:00
Last Modified: 13 Aug 2020 14:38
URI: http://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/9602

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