Self-compassion, mindful eating, eating attitudes and wellbeing among emerging adults

T Cassidy, Ruth Shaw

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Background: Mindful eating behaviour and self-compassion have been individually shown to contribute to healthy eating. Evidence suggests that they may interact and that interaction may increase our understanding of eating behaviour.
Aims: The aim of the current study was to explore the relationship between Mindful eating behaviour, self-compassion, healthy / unhealthy weight, eating disorder and wellbeing in a sample of university students
Methods: An online survey using questionnaire data collection in a sample of 349 students (105 males and 244 females). Variables measured included body mass index (BMI), Mindful eating behaviour, eating attitudes, self-compassion and mental wellbeing.
Results: Regression and path analysis show Mindful eating behaviour and self-compassion to individually and interaction predict eating attitudes and wellbeing. BMI was shown to have a curvilinear relationship with Mindful eating behaviour, self-compassion and wellbeing with both the underweight and obese reporting lower self-compassion, less Mindful eating behaviour, lower wellbeing and more likely to exhibit disordered eating.
Conclusions: These results indicate that self-compassion and Mindful eating behaviour might be usefully targeted in interventions to prevent both obesity and eating disorder.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages29
JournalThe Journal of Psychology: Interdisciplinary and Applied
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 7 Oct 2021


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