Stress and Binge Eating,
Mindfulness-based Intervention, Effects, and Metabolic Health
Presented by Rachel M. Radin, PhD and Elissa Epel, PhD
Friday, February 22, 2019, 4:00 PM, EST (time zone converter)
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Stress and binge eating contribute to poor metabolic health, and may therefore be potential intervention targets. Mindfulness training may reduce stress and binge eating. We aimed to understand the role of stress and binge eating in metabolic health, and whether mindfulness may buffer these associations.
Those with greater stress and binge eating may reduce their risk for metabolic decline by receiving mindfulness training. Future obesity interventions should consider tailoring treatment towards trait-level characteristics, such as binge eating.
Rachel Radin, PhD, is a Postdoctoral Research Scholar at the UCSF Department of Psychiatry, Center for Health and Community. She is also a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in the state of California. Her research interests include clarifying the biopsychosocial processes that contribute to eating behavior and metabolic health in adults.
She received an F32 National Research Service Award (NRSA) from the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) to investigate the impact of a mindfulness intervention (SHINE trial) on stress-related eating and endocrine and autonomic profiles of stress reactivity.
Rachel aims to ultimately develop complementary and integrative health interventions to improve the health of individuals with obesity and other healthrelated conditions.
Elissa Epel, Ph.D, is a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, at University of California, San Francisco. Her research aims to elucidate mechanisms of healthy aging, and to apply this basic science to scalable interventions that can reach vulnerable populations. She is the Director of the Aging, Metabolism, and Emotions Center, and the Consortium for Obesity Assessment, Study, & Treatment, (COAST), and Associate Director of the Center for Health and Community. She studies psychological, social, and behavioral pathways underlying chronic psychological stress and stress resilience that impact cellular aging. She also studies the interconnections between stress, addiction, eating, and metabolic health.
Her research has been featured in venues such as TEDMED, NBC’s Today Show, CBS’s Morning Show, 60 minutes, National Public Radio, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Wisdom 2.0, Health 2.0, and in many science documentaries. She co-authored "The Telomere Effect" (2017) with Elizabeth Blackburn, a NYT bestseller under the category of Science.