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An Esp Pediatr. 1997 Aug;47(2):135-43.

[Comparative study of medical advice and cognitive-behavioral group therapy in the treatment of child-adolescent obesity].

[Article in Spanish]

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  • 1Centro de Salud Dr. Mendiguchia, Leganés, Madrid.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

The aim of this study was to compare the efficacy of medical advice and cognitive-behavioral group therapy in the treatment of primary obesity in children and adolescents 7 to 15 years old.

PATIENTS AND METHODS:

From five primary care centers 353 subjects (176 boys and 177 girls) were recruited and assigned to three groups. These groups were: medical advice (Group 1), cognitive-behavioral group therapy (Group 2) and those that rejected all treatments (Group 3). Forty variables were controlled and studied for association with prognosis.

RESULTS:

A significant, but modest decrease in relative body mass index was noted in groups 1 and 2 in the first 6 months, but at two years no differences between the three groups were detected.

CONCLUSIONS:

It is concluded that cognitive-behavioral group therapy is not more effective than medical advice in our population and neither had a significant effect at two years when compared to no treatment.

PMID:
9382344
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