Effect of a mindful eating intervention on obesity outcomes in postmenopausal breast cancer survivors
Washington, Annette Monique
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Obesity in postmenopausal breast cancer survivors is associated with increased morbidity and mortality. Mindful eating (ME) may be effective as a weight management strategy; yet, evidence in breast cancer survivors is limited. This study examined the effect of a ME intervention on obesity outcomes in breast cancer survivors. A quasi-experimental one-group study design was used. Participants (n=10) completed eight 2-hour ME group-based training sessions. Data were collected pre- and post-intervention, and paired t-tests were conducted. Mean age was 64.4 + 6.0 years. At baseline, participants’ mean BMI was 33.7 + 7.6 kg/m2 and mean weight was 89.2 + 16.8 kg. At follow-up, mean change in BMI was -0.4 + 0.21 kg/m2 (p = 0.0002) and weight was -0.8 + 0.8 kg (p = 0.015). This study provides preliminary evidence that a ME intervention can produce weight loss in this population. Further research is needed to determine sustainability of weight loss.