Impact of Disordered Eating and Psychological Functioning on Overweight Adolescents Participating in a Placebo-Controlled Medication and Behavioral Weight Loss Trial
UNIFORMED SERVICES UNIV OF THE HEALTH SCIENCES BETHESDA MD
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Obesity during youth has become a major public health problem. Overweight adolescents are at elevated risk for a variety of physical health problems and exhibit higher rates of eating pathology compared to non-overweight teens. Eating pathology has been suggested to contribute to overweight, and in some cases, complicate weight loss. A form of eating pathology common among overweight youth is binge eating. Many researchers have hypothesized that adults with binge eating may be less successful at weight loss, but this hypothesis has been met with mixed empirical support. Few adolescent studies have examined the impact of binge eating on weight loss. The present study seeks to evaluate the impact of binge eating on weight outcomes among adolescents during and after a placebo-controlled medication trial that included a behavioral weight loss program. Specifically, the present study aims to 1 assess the impact of baseline binge and loss of control eating on weight loss and regain, 2 assess the impact of post-treatment binge and loss of control eating on weight regain, and 3 assess the impact of change in binge and loss of control eating on weight loss and regain. Findings from this study may help to guide treatment recommendations for obese adolescents.
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