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dc.contributor.authorKennedy, Lauren Elaineen_US
dc.date.accessioned2016-05-04T08:00:22Z
dc.date.available2016-05-04T08:00:22Z
dc.date.issued2016-05-03en_US
dc.identifier.othervt_gsexam:7692en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10919/70905
dc.description.abstractWith the alarming prevalence of overweight and obesity, it is important to explore new approaches and strategies to improve dietary quality and weight status. Recently, a neuropsychological model of obesity was proposed. This new model illustrates an evidencebased relationship between a chronically activated hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis, due to chronic psychological stress and mood disturbance, and the food reward-related mechanisms within the brain. Intensive mindfulness-based training programs, such as Jon Kabat-Zinn's Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction have demonstrated impressive results with a variety of populations. Given the relationship of stress to eating behavior and the capacity of mindfulness in managing stress, a relationship between mindfulness and eating is expected. The goal of this dissertation research was to help understand the concept of mindful eating and the relationship between stress and eating behavior for mothers of young children in order to inform the development of a mindfulness-based stress management and dietary intervention. The research consisted of three components: 1) an informative photo-elicitation study with working mothers of young children aiming to understand how mothers define, perceive, and experience mindful eating; 2) a crosssectional study investigating the relationship between mindful eating, dietary quality, and stress; and 3) the development and mixed-methods pilot intervention of the Slow Down Program, a mindfulness-based stress management and nutrition program for mothers of young children. Results from these studies give further evidence on how mindfulness can be utilized in nutrition research and they further confirm the success of mindfulness-based training on health and dietary outcomes. This research can inform public health programs and practice to encourage mindfulness, as it relates to dietary behavior, for families and other audiences, as well as future research studies that explore the interaction between mindfulness and eating behaviors.en_US
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dc.publisherVirginia Techen_US
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dc.subjectNutritionen_US
dc.subjectmaternal stressen_US
dc.subjectmindfulnessen_US
dc.subjectdieten_US
dc.titleThe Examination of Mindfulness, Stress, and Eating Behaviors in Mothers of Young Childrenen_US
dc.typeDissertationen_US
dc.contributor.departmentHuman Nutrition, Foods, and Exerciseen_US
dc.description.degreePHDen_US
thesis.degree.namePHDen_US
thesis.degree.leveldoctoralen_US
thesis.degree.grantorVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State Universityen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineHuman Nutrition, Foods, and Exerciseen_US
dc.contributor.committeechairSerrano, Elena Len_US
dc.contributor.committeememberDuffey, Kiyah Jen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberHosig, Kathryn Wrighten_US
dc.contributor.committeememberJu, Young Hwaen_US


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