By On December 22nd, 2009

Psychotherapy decreases overeating in young girls, more so than dietary education

According to findings reported online in the International Journal of Eating Disorders, overweight girls who participated in interpersonal psychotherapy experienced stabilization of body mass index over the course of one year, but girls in the same pilot trial that engaged in educational classes did not. According to Marian Tanofsky-Kraff, PhD, of the National Institute of Health, these findings provide some indication that psychotherapy may help one prevent excessive weight gain, especially girls who are at risk for obesity. In addition to stabilization of body mass index, those girls enrolled in the trial that underwent interpersonal psychotherapy also experienced a lessening of binge eating occurrences. According to the researchers, “We found very preliminary support that the therapy may reduce loss-of-control eating and prevent excess BMI gain.” Click here to read an article from The Inquisitr that discusses these findings more.

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