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By: Kimberly Passmore, RD, CD

Center for Change has used a non-diet approach (intuitive eating) in nutrition counseling since 1999. This approach focuses on rejecting dieting and dieting concepts as well as tuning into the body’s internal regulatory cues (hunger cues, fullness cues, etc.) Our clients have responded positively to this dietary concept. We’ve seen it help them to attain a healthy relationship with food.

In recent years, studies performed with college-aged populations have found that those who score higher on intuitive eating scales are more likely to have a healthy body mass index (BMI) and better psychological well-being. The two prominent researchers who have published studies in ths area, Tracy Tylka and Steven Hawks, have both developed instruments that measure one’s ability to intuitively eat. However, currently there are no studies that examine the relationship of intuitive eating and eating disorders. We are very excited to be working with both Tracy Tylka and Steven Hawks in pioneering research with intuitive eating and those who have eating disorders. We intend to evaluate the efficacy of using intuitive eating as a positive tool in the recovery of eating disorders.