Exploring the Role of Self-Kindness in Making Healthier Eating Choices: A Preliminary Study

Hussain, Misba and Egan, Helen and Keyte, Rebecca and Mantzios, Michail (2020) Exploring the Role of Self-Kindness in Making Healthier Eating Choices: A Preliminary Study. International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 28. pp. 664-669. ISSN 1070-5503

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Background: Food selection is an important factor in the prevalence of obesity, and regularly choosing nutrient-poor high energy foods can have negative health consequences. The present study tested whether the use of Mindful Construal Diaries (MCD) combined with self-kindness could promote healthier eating choices. Methods: Ninety participants were randomly assigned to either a self-kindness to the mind condition or self-kindness to the mind and body condition, and were served M&Ms and grapes as an unhealthy and healthy option, respectively. Results: The results suggested that a difference in consumption was found between the two conditions, with participants in the self-kindness to the mind condition consuming significantly more grapes than those in the self-kindness to the mind and body condition. However, this difference was restricted to those who are usually low consumers of fruit and vegetable. Conclusions: The effect of self-kindness towards promoting heathier eating whilst considering the body thus appears to require further investigation. Limitations and recommendations for future research are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1007/s12529-020-09942-0
23 November 2020Accepted
27 December 2020Published Online
Uncontrolled Keywords: self-compassion, self-kindness, food choices, healthy eating, unhealthy eating
Subjects: CAH04 - psychology > CAH04-01 - psychology > CAH04-01-01 - psychology (non-specific)
Divisions: Faculty of Business, Law and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences > Dept. Psychology
Depositing User: Michael Mantzios
Date Deposited: 01 Sep 2021 11:15
Last Modified: 09 Oct 2023 10:41
URI: https://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/12054

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