To date we don’t have much evidence that what we call mindfulness generalises across domains of life. For example, someone might tend to be mindful of physical pain because they’ve received some specific training, but not bring this mindfulness to their eating behaviours. The Mindful Eating Scale measures the usual characteristics we associate with mindfulness, such as acceptance and awareness, but specifically in relation to eating and food. The mindful eating scale was first published in the journal Mindfulness, as a 29-item scale. We presented some work at the BPS Division of Health Psychology Conference confirming the factor structure and creating a shorter version of the scale.
A clinical research group from Brasil has translated the MES into Portuguese and is currently validating that translation.