A self-awareness approach to weight management

Brown, Michelle. (2018). “Mindfulness Meditation: A Self-Awareness Approach to Weight Management.” Dissertation for the degree of Doctor of Nursing, Walden University.  Full text.

From the Abstract. Obesity is a crucial health care issue that has a global effect on the health care industry. Not only does obesity decrease the patients’ quality of life, it also places an astronomical burden on health care delivery systems. The purpose of this quality improvement project was to establish a weight management program derived from evidence-based research. 

The research question: can the utilization of mindfulness meditations and practices with traditional weight loss methodologies produce sustainable weight loss?

This project developed a turnkey solution to a community health problem consisting of the following strategies: executing mindfulness meditations and practices as part of their
daily rituals, reading food labels and making healthier food selections, exercising 30 to 40 minutes a day, and documenting their progression or obstacles in a journal.

Since the project consisted of only 20 participants, it is recommended that a larger population and region be utilized for future studies. This project has the potential for societal change by improving the quality of life of and productivity of patients struggling with obesity by decreasing their chances of developing chronic illnesses which can become debilitating.