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UPDATE: Residential Treatment for Obese Children

Reprinted from Eating Disorders Review
May/June 2004 Volume 15, Number 3
©2004 Gürze Books

A 10-month residential program designed to treat obesity in children has shown positive initial results, according to Caroline Braet, PhD, of Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium. The effect of two extended treatment programs aimed at coping with binges and maintenance of weight loss were compared with a standard CBT treatment program implemented in a non-diet, healthy lifestyle approach. Children were referred for residential treatment for obesity. The children ranged in age from 7 to 17 years (mean age: 12.7 years), and there was a mean body mass index (BMI) of 32.5. The success of treatment was measured with the Eating Disorder Examination (EDE), Perceived Competence Scale for Children (PCSC) and Child Behavior Checklist (CBCL), which measures well-being. Dr. Braet reported that the inpatient cognitive behavioral non-diet approach was a valuable treatment option. During residential treatment, the children lost 49.2% of their overweight, and developed higher self-esteem and their body dissatisfaction decreased. At the 14-month follow-up, the children had regained a mean of 15.9% of their lost weight and had a mean reduction in BMI of 4.9 points. The children continued to eat in a healthy manner.


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