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Complement Ther Med. 2009 Aug;17(4):196-202. doi: 10.1016/j.ctim.2009.05.002. Epub 2009 Jun 13.

Yoga as a treatment for binge eating disorder: a preliminary study.

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School of Health and Social Development, Faculty of Health, Medicine, Nursing and Behavioural Sciences, Deakin University, 221 Burwood Highway, Burwood, Victoria 3125, Australia. shane.mciver@deakin.edu.au

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To examine the efficacy of a 12-week yoga program aimed at reducing binge eating severity.

DESIGN:

A randomised trial was undertaken assigning participants to yoga (n=45) or wait-list control (n=45) groups. Of these, 25 in each group were analysed.

PARTICIPANTS:

A community-based sample of women between 25 and 63 years of age who identified with diagnostic criteria for binge eating disorder (BED) and a BMI>25 were recruited for the study.

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES:

Primary outcomes included the Binge Eating Scale (BES) and International Physical Activity Questionnaire (IPAQ). Secondary outcomes comprised measures for BMI, hips and waist.

RESULTS:

For the yoga group, self-reported reductions in binge eating and increases in physical activity were statistically significant. Small yet statistically significant reductions for BMI, hips and waist measurement were obtained. The wait-list control group did not improve significantly on any measures.

CONCLUSION:

In conjunction with formal weekly sessions, home-based yoga programs are potentially efficacious for the treatment of binge eating.

PMID:
19632546
DOI:
10.1016/j.ctim.2009.05.002
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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