Researchers have discovered that preventing childhood obesity with mindfulness may be possible, as the technique could change unhealthy eating habits.
Researchers at Vanderbilt University believe that mindfulness techniques can be taught to children and increase awareness of their actions, thus promoting healthy choices in eating. Their observations are based on connections between the brain and appetite.
Recent research shows an improvement in neural connections with mindfulness and meditation. These also alleviate stress, which can contribute to unhealthy eating.
“Adults, and especially children, are primed towards eating more,” said Dr. Kevin Niswender, a researcher at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. “This is great from an evolutionary perspective — they need food to grow and survive. But in today’s world, full of readily available, highly advertised, energy dense foods, it is putting children at risk of obesity.”