Effectiveness of the "my body knows when" intuitive-eating pilot program

Renee E. Cole, Tanya Horacek

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)286-297
Number of pages12
JournalAmerican Journal of Health Behavior
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2010


  • Intuitive eating
  • Nondieting
  • Participatory program planning

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Social Psychology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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