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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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Ghent University, Department of Developmental, Personality and Social Psychology, Henri Dunantlaan 2, 9000 Gent, Belgium. Lien.Goossens@UGent.be

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

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

METHOD:

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

RESULTS:

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.

CONCLUSION:

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.

PMID:
19171325
DOI:
10.1016/j.eatbeh.2008.10.008
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