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Self-Compassion & Eating Behaviors

Updated: Sep 10, 2023

When it comes to eating, moving, and living better, self-compassion can be a game-changer. A study recently published in Nutrients helps explain why.⁠


When it comes to eating, moving, and living better, self-compassion can be a game-changer.

A study recently published in Nutrients helps explain why.⁠

The researchers recruited 100 moms to fill out a series of online questionnaires about:⁠

  • Self-compassion⁠

  • Body esteem⁠

  • Diet quality⁠

  • Intuitive eating⁠

  • Emotional eating⁠

The scientists then analyzed this information to see if they could connect any dots.⁠

As predicted, moms who scored higher on self-compassion were mo re likely to have a healthier relationship with food.⁠


  • Their diets were higher quality.⁠

  • They were more likely to be intuitive eaters.⁠

  • They were less likely to experience emotional eating.⁠


But here’s what’s really interesting: Mothers with higher levels of self-compassion also had more body esteem.⁠

The take-home: Self-compassion may be the catalyst for boosting body esteem and making healthier habits more likely. ⁠


PMID: 34836162


Carbonneau N, Holding A, Lavigne G, Robitaille J. Feel Good, Eat Better: The Role of Self-Compassion and Body Esteem in Mothers’ Healthy Eating Behaviours. Nutrients. 2021 Oct 30;13(11).


 

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