Title

Can patients with eating disorders learn to eat intuitively? A 2-year pilot study

Keywords

pilot study, intuitive eating, eating disorder

Abstract

The present article reports on a 2-year pilot study that evalu- ated the effectiveness of an intuitive eating program for patients in an eating disorder treatment center. Standardized measures of intuitive eating and eating disorder and psycho- logical symptoms were administered. Psychotherapists and dietitians rated patients on the healthiness of their eating attitudes and behaviors. Preliminary findings indicated that patients can develop the skills of intuitive eating, and that the ability to eat intuitively is associated with positive treat- ment outcomes for each diagnostic category (i.e., anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and eating disorder not otherwise specified). We conclude by offering recommendations about how to implement intuitive eating training safely and effec- tively in inpatient and residential treatment programs.

Original Publication Citation

Richards, P. S., Crowton, S., Berrett, M. E., Smith, M. H., & Passmore, K. (2017). Can patients with eating disorders learn to eat intuitively? A 2-year pilot study. Eating Disorders.

Document Type

Peer-Reviewed Article

Publication Date

2017-02-02

Publisher

Eating Disorders

Language

English

College

David O. McKay School of Education

Department

Counseling Psychology and Special Education

University Standing at Time of Publication

Full Professor

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