Mindfulness-Based Interventions

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Current evidence supports the efficacy of mindfulness-based interventions for improving mental health symptoms and psychological stress that can interfere with efforts to lose weight. Patients with obesity and other CVD risk factors may benefit from mindfulness interventions to address psychosocial stress, depression, and anxiety (Boudreau et al., 2013). Traditional behavioral interventions for weight loss typically focus on diet and exercise habits and often give little attention to the role of stress and emotions in the origin of unhealthy behaviors. Mindfulness-based interventions were developed to promote self-efficacy in coping with negative emotions resulting in lasting changes in long-standing cognitive and emotional habits (Fulwiler,
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