Mindfulness and Behavior Change

The paper is a meta-analysis of the effects of mindfulness and mindfulness-based interventions on behaviour change. Overall, it finds that mindfulness has a positive influence on eating behaviour (such as binge eating, emotional eating, eating when not feeling hungry) and controlling weight gain, which is important for patients with chronic illnesses. Furthermore, mindfulness can encourage smoking cessation, prevention of suicide/self-injury, self-management of chronic diseases. Boutros Bear has incorporated the findings by introducing a mindfulness component in the cancer rehabilitation programme, where participants have access to live mindfulness sessions and mindfulness content during their 12 weeks.

Rex Fan

Works at Boutros Bear
Rex has extensive experience designing Behavioural Interventions through Randomised Control Trials, and deriving deep behavioural insights to be integrated into digital products and services.


Schuman-Olivier, Z., Trombka, M., Lovas, D. A., Brewer, J. A., Vago, D. R., Gawande, R., … & Fulwiler, C. (2020). Mindfulness and behavior change. Harvard Review of Psychiatry.