Clinical eating disorders are psychological disorders that impact a small percentage of the population. In the United States, prevalence rates range from 2-8% with a point prevalence of 4.6% (Galmiche et al., 2019). Subclinical disordered eating is a broader term for eating patterns and behaviors that do not meet clinical threshold, but that still may be life impairing (Burnette & Mazzeo, 2020). Subclinical disordered eating impacts many more individuals than clinical eating disorders do and is often present without the direct awareness of the people affected by it. With the prominence of diet culture in the United States that supports disordered eating, it is easy for individuals to partake in some respects. Mindful and intuitive eating approaches have recently begun to emerge as combined and stand-alone treatments for disordered eating and eating disorders. Many of these studies have only evaluated each of these on their own, rather than in combination. Studies have also been limited in terms of population, with individuals with clinical eating disorders making up the large majority of research subjects. The current study used an online mindful and intuitive eating intervention to bring about awareness of these concepts and combat disordered eating in lay adults using simple workbooks (Albers, 2018; Resch, 2019). The goals were to increase education and decrease overall disordered eating. The authors found that disordered eating did decrease, mindful and intuitive eating increased, and general mindfulness improved across the duration of the study. While the hypotheses were partially supported, only the results for disordered eating and intuitive eating were significant. Despite lack of power due to small sample size and some insignificant results, participants reported benefiting from the intervention.
Date of Degree
Master of Arts (MA)
Social and Behavioral Sciences
Anderson, J. K. (2021). A brief Zoom-facilitated mindful and intuitive eating intervention to decrease disordered eating [Master’s thesis, Minnesota State University, Mankato]. Cornerstone: A Collection of Scholarly and Creative Works for Minnesota State University, Mankato. https://cornerstone.lib.mnsu.edu/etds/1165
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