Mindfulness‐based interventions for weight loss: a systematic review and meta‐analysis

  title={Mindfulness‐based interventions for weight loss: a systematic review and meta‐analysis},
  author={Kimberly Carri{\`e}re and Bassam Khoury and Mia Maria G{\"u}nak and B{\"a}rbel Kn{\"a}uper},
  journal={Obesity Reviews},
  pages={164 - 177}
An increasing number of studies are investigating the efficacy of mindfulness‐based interventions (MBIs) for weight loss and obesity‐related eating behaviours. However, the results of past reviews are inconsistent. 

Mindful eating for overweight and obese women in Brazil: An exploratory mixed-methods pilot study.

The MB-EAT showed preliminary efficacy in promoting weight loss and improvements in mindfulness and eating behaviour, and promoted effects beyond those expected, extending to other life contexts.

Mindful eating and common diet programs lower body weight similarly: Systematic review and meta‐analysis

A systematic review and meta‐analysis on randomized controlled trials on weight loss programs based on mindful or intuitive eating found a significant weight loss effect of mindful/intuitive eating strategies compared with nonintervention controls, but there was no difference compared with conventional diet programs.

Effects of mindfulness on weight loss

  • K. Bergman
  • Psychology
    Obesity reviews : an official journal of the International Association for the Study of Obesity
  • 2018
The authors evaluate effectiveness of a popular intervention for a prevalent condition, but fail to abide by key recommendations and criteria established by Cochrane and PRISMA.

Feasibility of a multiple-component mindfulness intervention for Chinese adolescents living with overweight: A pilot randomized trial.

Findings suggest that a smartphone-delivered mindfulness-based intervention for Chinese adolescents living with overweight is feasible and efficacious.

Mindfulness-based interventions: an overall review

Abstract Introduction This is an overall review on mindfulness-based interventions (MBIs). Sources of data We identified studies in PubMed, EMBASE, CINAHL, PsycINFO, AMED, Web of Science and Google

Mindfulness-Based Programs in the Workplace: a Meta-Analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials

Objectives Given the complex demands of many workplaces, there is growing interest in the potential beneficial effects of mindfulness-based programs (MBPs) for employees. This meta-analysis

The Mindfulness App Trial for Weight, Weight-Related Behaviors, and Stress in University Students: Randomized Controlled Trial

A mindfulness app demonstrated effectiveness for stress, eating behaviors, mindfulness, and ME, but the effect sizes were small and future studies should be conducted over longer periods of time and with greater participant compliance.

Understanding and improving Chinese adolescent snacking using behaviour change and a mindfulness-based approach

This research suggested the importance of mindful eating in predicting and improving adolescent snacking and developed and feasibility test a mindfulness-based behaviour change intervention to promote weight loss among overweight Chinese adolescents.

Mindfulness as a complementary intervention in the treatment of overweight and obesity in primary health care: study protocol for a randomised controlled trial

If the findings of this study confirm the effectiveness of mindfulness programmes in this population, it will be possible to improve quality of life and health while optimising public resources and reaching a greater number of people.



Mindfulness‐based interventions for adults who are overweight or obese: a meta‐analysis of physical and psychological health outcomes

The aim of this study was to evaluate the impact of mindfulness‐based interventions on psychological and physical health outcomes in adults who are overweight or obese.

Mindfulness-Based Interventions in Context: Past, Present, and Future

studies from the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society not reviewed by Baer but which raise a number of key questions about clinical applicability, study design, and mechanism

Mindfulness‐based interventions for obesity‐related eating behaviours: a literature review

The results of this first review on the topic support the efficacy of MBIs for changing obesity‐related eating behaviours, specifically binge eating, emotional eating and external eating.

Mindfulness and Acceptance in the Treatment of Disordered Eating

Mindfulness and acceptance-based approaches to the treatment of clinical problems are accruing substantial empirical support. This article examines the application of these approaches to disordered

Mindfulness and Weight Loss: A Systematic Review

Significant weight loss was documented among participants in mindfulness interventions for 13 of the 19 studies identified for review, however, studies do not clarify the degree to which changes in mindfulness are a mechanism responsible for weight loss in mindful interventions.

A mindful eating group intervention for obese women: a mixed methods feasibility study.


The exploratory results, eating behavior significance and other outcome differences in the SBWP+MM group suggest that a larger sample size over a longer period of time may find further statistical and clinical significance.