Stress emotional and mindless eating play a heavy role in setting up and perpetuating unhealthy eating habits. Why? These may be tapping into the same reward-based learning processes that evolved to help us remember where food is -and in modern day are hijacked by both chemical and behavioral addictions (including eating). My lab has studied the addictive process, and how mindfulness targets key links in reward-based learning to help people change their relationships to their vices, including smoking and eating. In this seminar, I will unpack how addictive behavior is formed, how mindfulness specifically helps us change eating habits, and the research we are currently undertaking to study the efficacy and mechanism of digital therapeutic platforms for stress and emotional eating.
Get Stressed, Eat, Repeat. Why Eating Becomes Habit
April 26, 2016 12 pm EST
Judson Brewer MD PhD is the Director of Research at the Center for Mindfulness and associate professor in medicine and psychiatry at UMass Medical School. He also is adjunct faculty at Yale University, and a research affiliate at MIT. A psychiatrist and internationally known expert in mindfulness training for addictions, Brewer has developed and tested novel mindfulness programs for addictions, including both in-person and app-based treatments (e.g. smoking, stress eating). He has also studied the underlying neural mechanisms of mindfulness using standard and real-time fMRI, and source-estimated EEG, and is currently translating these findings into clinical use. He has published numerous peer- reviewed articles and book chapters, presented to the US President’s Office of National Drug Control Policy, trained US Olympic coaches, been featured on 60 minutes, at TED, TEDMED, TEDx, in Time magazine (top 100 new health discoveries of 2013), Forbes, Businessweek, NPR and the BBC among others. He writes a blog for The Huffington Post.