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Effectiveness of the My Body Knows When Intuitive-eating Pilot Program

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Objective: To evaluate the effectiveness of the My Body Knows When intuitive-eating (IE) program tailored to assist Fort Drum military spouses in rejecting the dieting mentality.

Methods: Randomized prospective study (N 61) evaluating dieting mentality and health indicators for a 10-week intervention based on 10 IE principles. The program was developed through the PRECEDE/PROCEED (PP) health promotion planning model.

Results: The intuitive-eating program was able to significantly transition participants away from a dieting mentality (P < 0.015 posttest) towards intuitive-eating lifestyle behaviors.

Conclusions: IE is a holist approach to long-term healthy behavior change and would benefit from an extended support system to improve effectiveness.

Keywords: intuitive eating; nondieting; participatory program planning

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1 Major US Army, Program Director, US Military Dietetic Internship Consortium, Army Medical Department Center and School, Fort Sam Houston, TX.

Publication date: May 1, 2010

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