It is the position of The Center for Mindful Eating (TCME) that mindful eating supports health and well-being. The practice of mindful eating develops awareness of and honors the internal wisdom that can guide food choices and support eating for well-being. Mindful eating cultivates connection with physical, psychological and environmental cues that can affect food decisions.
TCME does not endorse any philosophy or program that includes or promotes weight loss measures or procedures because evidence does not support that it deepens or improves an individual’s mindful eating practice.
The intention of mindful eating is to remain in the present moment by promoting acceptance, nonjudgment, and curiosity about an individual’s direct experience. It is not outcome-based and does not promote any specific body shape or size. Based on scientific research, TCME expresses caution and concern about engaging in mindful eating exercises for weight loss. A weight focus and related stigmatization may exacerbate psychological issues such as guilt and shame and may keep individuals caught in an unbalanced eating cycle.
This position statement is in alignment with the mission, vision and values of The Center for Mindful Eating. It might not reflect all of our members' views/opinions. It is the hope of The Center for Mindful Eating that this position statement will provide opportunities for meaningful reflection and conversations along the path to a healthy and joyful relationship with food and eating to the benefit of all beings.
Revised following member comments, July 18, 2016