Binge Eating: Can Yoga Help?

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When binge eating grabs a hold of you whether it is during the holidays or not, feelings of helplessness and self loathing can take over.  What can you do to not stay trapped in the pit of despair?

In an  Australian study conducted by McIver, McGarland and O’Halloran, a 12-week yoga treatment program for binge eating was tested.

Women’s comments suggested that the program appeared to encourage a healthy reconnection to food, as well as the development of physical self-empowerment, through cultivating present-moment awareness. Specifically, women perceive:

  • an overall reduction in the quantity of food they consumed
  • decreased eating speed
  • feeling more connected to and positive about their physical well-being

The title of this study is Overeating is not about the food: women describe their experience of a yoga treatment program of binge eating and the process of yoga helps women reconnect with their bodies.

But even if it isn’t yoga, consider doing the simple Green Mountain stretch as seen on you tube.  At our non diet weight loss retreat we know that connecting with the body is a tool for learning mindfulness with eating, moving and stress management.

Is there a way that you could add a stretch to your day, even while you are sitting at your desk or unloading the groceries?


2 responses to “Binge Eating: Can Yoga Help?”

  1. Chris says:

    When you ask if i could add a stretch to my day it sounds like something I can even do. I will try this thank you

  2. […] yoga really brought me into my body. I know this sounds silly, but it’s something we often overlook. If we’re not in touch with our […]

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Marsha Hudnall, MS, RDN, CD

Marsha has been a guiding force at Green Mountain at Fox Run since 1986. In addition to overseeing a professional program that helps women establish sustainable approaches to healthy living, she is a respected thought leader when it comes to managing eating, emotions and weight. She has been a voice of reason for the last three decades in helping people move away from diets, an area in which she is personally as well as professionally versed. An accomplished writer and speaker, Marsha is the author of six books, including the online course Disordered Eating in Active and Sedentary Individuals (co-authored by Karin Kratina, PhD, RD, Human Kinetics), What You Need to Know about Carbohydrates (Academy for Nutrition and Dietetics [The Academy]), What You Need to Know about Vitamin and Mineral Supplements (The Academy), and The Pregnancy Cookbook (co-authored by Donna Shields, RD, Berkeley Publishing). She has worked extensively on a national basis to educate the public about nutrition and the impact of dieting on eating behaviors, including binge eating and emotional eating. Active in many organizations helping to further the cause of health and wellness, Marsha currently serves as vice chair of the Binge Eating Disorder Association and vice president of The Center for Mindful Eating and has been active in the Association for Size Diversity and Health in support of Health at Every Size(R) principles.

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