Exploring the relationship between facets of mindfulness and eating pathology in women

Jason M. Lavender, Kim L. Gratz, Matthew T. Tull

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Although researchers have examined the efficacy of acceptance- and mindfulness-based interventions in the treatment of eating disorders, few studies have explored the association between trait mindfulness and eating pathology. Therefore, the purpose of the current investigation was to examine the unique associations between multiple facets of mindfulness (acting with awareness, nonreactivity, nonjudgment, describing, and observing) and eating pathology. Undergraduate women (N = 276) completed the Eating Attitudes Test-26, the Five Facet Mindfulness Questionnaire, and the 21-item version of the Depression Anxiety Stress Scales. A hierarchical regression analysis revealed that four mindfulness facets (awareness, nonreactivity, nonjudgment, and describing) were uniquely associated with eating pathology above and beyond anxiety and depression symptoms. Results are discussed with regard to the potential role of various facets of trait mindfulness in eating pathology as well as the possible utility of mindfulness-based treatments for eating disorders.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)174-182
Number of pages9
JournalCognitive Behaviour Therapy
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • Acceptance
  • Anorexia nervosa
  • Bulimia nervosa
  • Disordered eating
  • Emotion regulation


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