Does Mindfulness Enhance BMI in Obese Adolescents Enrolled in the Bright Bodies Weight Management Program?

2018-08-07 16:31:12 | BioPortfolio


Participants will be randomized to an evidence-based healthy lifestyle program alone or a healthy lifestyle program with mindfulness meditation added. The purpose of the study will be to determine if mindfulness improves BMI outcomes more than the program alone due to the stress-reduction benefits of mindfulness.


The study will randomize 44 adolescents (aged 11-17 yo) with BMI >95th percentile to traditional Bright Bodies Healthy Lifestyle Program or Lifestyle Program plus mindfulness meditation (6 sessions within the 12-week program) (22 per group). The traditional program includes exercise two evenings per week and nutrition/behavior modification one evening per week for 12 weeks. Mindfulness session topics include breathing meditation, body scan meditation, mindful eating techniques, and identification of hunger verses satiation. The primary outcome measure with be (1) BMI, while secondary outcomes include changes in (2) percent body fat, (3) perceived stress scale (questionnaire), (4) physical stress (saliva cortisol levels), and (5) overall caloric intake (pre and post food records). After the 3 month intervention, participants will engage in post measures and be asked to return 6 months later (9 months) for longer-term follow-up measures.

Study Design


Pediatric Obesity


Traditional Healthy Lifestyle Program, Mindfulness Meditation Instruction


Yale Center for Clinical Investigation
New Haven
United States




Yale University

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