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Eat Behav. 2009 Jan;10(1):71-3. doi: 10.1016/j.eatbeh.2008.10.008. Epub 2008 Oct 28.

Weight parameters and pathological eating as predictors of obesity treatment outcome in children and adolescents.

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  • 1Ghent University, Department of Developmental, Personality and Social Psychology, Henri Dunantlaan 2, 9000 Gent, Belgium.



The current study investigated weight parameters and pathological eating as predictors of treatment outcome in obese youngsters.


Obese youngsters (N=132) were examined before participating in an obesity treatment program. Weight loss was measured during and at the end of treatment.


Baseline adjusted BMI, restrained eating style and weight loss after 4 months of treatment positively predicted weight loss at the end, whereas larger weight loss after 1 month of treatment predicted less total weight loss. Lower baseline adjusted BMI was associated with more drop-out whereas subjective binge eating was positively related to program completion.


Specific weight and eating pathology parameters affected positive as well as negative obesity treatment outcome. Identifying more pre-treatment predictors for drop-out can ameliorate our treatment approach.

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