Research

The theoretical basis, curriculum and format of Craving Change™ is based on decades of research (Click here to download The Roots of Craving Change April 2016). Canadian, American, British, and Australian Clinical Practice Guidelines for the management of diabetes, obesity and cardiovascular disease recommend the inclusion of a cognitive-behavioural approach into interventions.

Colleen and Wendy partnered with faculty at the University of Calgary to undertake one of the few published studies to examine a manualized cognitive-behavioural group intervention for subclinical disordered eating. The research demonstrated positive outcomes in cardiac rehabilitation, hypertension, high cholesterol and diabetes patients. Specifically, the program resulted in a decrease in disordered eating behaviours, increased eating self-efficacy, and lower shame and guilt (von Ranson, Stevenson, Cannon & Shah, 2010). Self-efficacy is one of the strongest known predictors of health behaviour change.

Several sites across Canada are actively researching the efficacy of Craving Change™ in their setting. Three of those organizations have forwarded summaries of their outcome data, that we have collated.  Click to download  outcome data June 2015

We have provided general recommendations regarding outcome measurement tools that may be appropriate for research of the Craving Change™ approach on the FAQs page. We believe that self-efficacy is a more valid and theory-driven construct for evaluation of this program than “intuitive eating” or “mindful eating”, after conducting another literature review in March 2016. We’d love to hear from you if your group is actively considering collecting outcome data for quality assurance and/or conducting research, and are happy to help connect researchers.  Just drop us a note.

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