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Treating Eating Disorders With the Buddhist Tradition of Mindfulness
Successfully treating the eating disorders of anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder continues to be a challenge for treatment providers. Western psychology has become increasingly interested in using the original Buddhist practice of mindfulness as a means to therapeutic change. Since the introduction of mindfulness in Western clinical settings, a large number of studies have documented its beneficial effect on psychological distress and wellbeing. Few studies have specifically looked at using mindfulness as a treatment component for eating disorders. This article looks at the role of mindfulness in treating eating disorders as part of a comprehensive treatment paradigm.