Body Awareness, Eating Attitudes, and Spiritual Beliefs of Women Practicing YogaEating Disorders (2009)
This research evaluated attitudes about body image and eating in women practicing postural yoga. Study 1 described scores from questionnaires on variables related to body awareness, intuitive eating, spirituality, and reasons for practicing. Scores were favorable on all measures with significant correlations (p < .01) among all main variables except between spiritual readiness and intuitive eating, and between BMI and both body awareness and spiritual readiness. Reasons for practicing did not affect scores. Study 2 evaluated interviews in a sub-sample. Qualitative data reported improvements in body satisfaction and disordered eating due in part to yoga and its associated spirituality.
Citation InformationK. A. Dittmann and Marjorie R. Freedman. "Body Awareness, Eating Attitudes, and Spiritual Beliefs of Women Practicing Yoga" Eating Disorders Vol. 17 Iss. 4 (2009) p. 273 - 292 ISSN: 1064-0266
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