ΕΙΣΗΓΗΣΗ: Intuitive Eating and Mindful Eating
Intuitive and mindful eating have more recently gained attention as alternative approaches for health promotion especially for people living with obesity. The aim of this presentation is to explore the background of these approaches, the nuances in terminology and whether they merit the attention of the dietitian. More specifically, this presentation will examine the patient expectations when embarking on a weight loss journey, the challenges of weight loss maintenance and how non-diet approaches, such as intuitive eating and mindful eating, may provide a way of health promotion without the burden of dieting for weight loss. Internalised weight stigma as a build-up to cultural expectations of beauty and body size standards can also have negative effects on chronic stress adding to the risk of developing chronic diseases commonly linked to overweight and obesity. In addition, the existing scientific evidence on whether the non-diet approaches lead to any additional health benefits, compared to weight-centric interventions, will be presented.
Finally, taking into consideration the patients’ unrealistic expectations of their weight loss goals, the biological and metabolic response to negative body weight change and the chances for weight loss maintenance, these approaches may be used as an additional tool for the dietitian working in obesity management by providing an alternative to dieting and weight focused goals.