Research from Anglia Ruskin University Suggests Mindfulness and Body Image Are Connected

Can the awareness of your internal body signals such as heartbeat or breathing affect the way you see yourself?

New research by Anglia Ruskin University which was recently published in the journal Body Image suggests that there could be a connection. Making people more aware of their own internal body signals, such as heartbeat or breathing rate, could promote positive body image, according to new research published in the journal Body Image.

Researchers from Anglia Ruskin University studies a group of 646 adults and found that there were statistically significant relationships between people’s awareness of internal signals given out by the body  – and body image.

One difference in this work as opposed to previous studies on the subject have tended to recruit small groups of young women. However, this study included both men and women, from the ages of 18 to 76.


The study found that people who can pay attention to internal body signals tended to report higher levels of positive body image.

Lead author Jenny Todd said:
“Our research finds associations between the awareness of internal body signals and measures of body image. This could have implications for promoting positive body image, for example modifying interoceptive awareness through mindfulness-based practices.

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