Position Statement on Mindful Eating to Help Ease Food Insecurity

It is the position of The Center for Mindful Eating that food insecurity is a global issue that professionals in fields related to health, food and nutrition need to become aware of. An individual’s past and current food insecurity concerns may promote unhealthy, mindless or fear-based eating. The Center for Mindful Eating encourages members to take steps to acknowledge and, if possible, ease food insecurity in their local area as a way to benefit their community and deepen their mindful eating practice.

Learning More About Food Insecurity

Food insecurity means the lack of access to enough food for an active, healthy life. 
The Center for Mindful Eating believes that awareness of the presence of food insecurity is the first step to overcome this global problem. 

The Center for Mindful Eating has identified five areas of food insecurity:

The lack of reliable and consistent sources of food.
The lack of sufficient resources to produce and/or purchase food.
The lack of access to food that remains stable and sustainable over a reasonable time.
The lack of basic sanitary conditions to choose, prepare and distribute food that has adequate nutritional value.
The lack of outer knowledge and inner wisdom to choose and prepare food that results in balanced eating patterns and good nutrition

The Center for Mindful Eating endorses the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) report (2014) that supports the development and enhancement of sustainable, community-based strategies in the following three ways:

  1. Seek ways you can improve access of low-income households to healthful, nutritious food supplies.
  2. Seek ways to increase the self-reliance of communities by growing and sharing food through farming, community gardens, and food-waste recovery efforts. 
  3. Encourage coordination of nutrition education with local schools, food pantries and farms.


This position statement is in alignment with the mission, vision and values of The Center for Mindful Eating. It might not reflect all of our members' views/opinions. It is the hope of The Center for Mindful Eating that this position statement will provide opportunities for meaningful reflection and conversations along the path to a healthy and joyful relationship with food and eating to the benefit of all beings.

We welcome the comments and suggestions of our mindful eating community. Current members of The Center for Mindful Eating are invited, and encouraged, to share their responses to these position statements. This position statement was revised following feedback from members, December 2015. Feedback was collected through a member survey and round table discussion.

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