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Treating Binge Eating Disorder with Mindfulness

By Michelle May, M.D.

Mindfulness and self-compassionMindful eating is an ancient concept with profound modern applications. It is slowly finding its way into mainstream counseling, nutrition, and wellness practices. One important area is the treatment of Binge Eating Disorder (BED).

Cheryl Harris, MPH, RD recently authored an article, Treating Binge Eating Disorder Utilizing Mindful Techniques, in SCAN’s PULSE, the publication of the Sports Cardiovascular & Wellness Nutrition Dietetics Practice group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.1

In addition to providing an overview of this topic, Cheryl reminds us that, “Although ultimately the journey belongs to the client, mindfulness is not a spectator sport. The more personally familiar we are with using mindfulness and self-compassion, the better RDNs can guide, support, and advise clients.”

1  Harris, C. Treating Binge Eating Disorder Utilizing Mindful Techniques. SCAN PULSE, Summer 2014, Vol. 33, No. 3, official publication of Sports, Cardiovascular, and Wellness Nutrition (SCAN), Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Chicago, IL.


About the author

Michelle May, M.D. is a recovered yo-yo dieter and the founder of the Am I Hungry?® Mindful Eating Programs and Training. She is the award-winning author of Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat: A Mindful Eating Program to Break Your Eat-Repent-Repeat Cycle , winner of seven publishing awards. She is also the author of Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat with Diabetes, Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat for Binge Eating, and Am I Hungry? Mindful Eating for Bariatric Surgery. Michelle shares her compelling message and constructive keynotes with audiences around the country, offers workplace wellness programs, and has trained and licensed hundreds of health professionals to facilitate Am I Hungry?® Mindful Eating Programs worldwide. She has been featured on Dr. Oz, the Discovery Health Channel, and Oprah Radio, and quoted in Diabetic Living, Fitness, Health, Huffington Post, Parents, Self, USA Weekend, US News & World Report, WebMD and many others. Her personal success story was published in Chicken Soup for the Dieter's Soul. Michelle cherishes her relationships with her husband, Owen and grown children, Tyler and Elyse. She regularly enjoys practicing yoga and hiking near her home in Phoenix, Arizona. She and Owen, a professional chef, share a passion for gourmet and healthful cooking, wine tasting, photography, and traveling.

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