Self compassion/kindness in weight regulation and behavior change

Mantzios, Michail, and Helen H. Egan. “On the Role of Self-compassion and Self-kindness in Weight Regulation and Health Behavior Change.” Frontiers in Psychology, vol. 8, 2017, pp. 229. Full text.

From the Abstract. The construct of self-compassion has been investigated in relation to health behaviors, health behavior change, and health outcomes such as regulated eating and weight loss. Self-compassion has been defined as a mindful awareness of oneself, which involves treating oneself kindly and understanding oneself during difficult and challenging times by realizing that such experiences are common amongst all humans described how self-compassion consists of three interrelated components: self-kindness (vs. self-judgment), common humanity (vs. isolation), and mindfulness (vs. over-identification).

While the psychological benefits are well documented, the health behaviors and outcomes may require more consideration, and this opinion manuscript aims to shed light on potential problems in eating and weight issues. Initial findings of self-compassion in assisting regulated eating are promising, and are explored next.