Title

Acceptance and commitment therapy for individuals with problematic emotional eating: A case-series study

Document Type

Article

Journal/Book Title/Conference

Clinical Case Studies

Volume

14

Publication Date

1-1-2015

First Page

141

Last Page

154

Abstract

Emotional eating is characterized by eating in response to intense inner emotions, not hunger. This case-series study presents the outcomes from two adults with problematic emotional eating who voluntarily participated in 10 weekly sessions of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Emotional eating was self-monitored daily prior to and throughout the course of treatment. The average number of emotional eating episodes reported weekly across participants at pre-treatment was nine, which decreased to one per week at post-treatment, and was two per week at follow-up. Both participants also showed improvements in body image flexibility, a theoretically consistent process of change, and these improvements were maintained at 3-month follow-up. The results are discussed as well as implications for clinical practice and future research.

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