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A pilot study of interpersonal psychotherapy for preventing excess weight gain in adolescent girls at-risk for obesity†
Article first published online: 30 OCT 2009
Copyright © 2010 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
International Journal of Eating Disorders
Volume 43, Issue 8, pages 701–706, December 2010
How to Cite
Tanofsky-Kraff, M., Wilfley, D. E., Young, J. F., Mufson, L., Yanovski, S. Z., Glasofer, D. R., Salaita, C. G. and Schvey, N. A. (2010), A pilot study of interpersonal psychotherapy for preventing excess weight gain in adolescent girls at-risk for obesity. Int. J. Eat. Disord., 43: 701–706. doi: 10.1002/eat.20773
- Issue published online: 10 NOV 2010
- Article first published online: 30 OCT 2009
- Manuscript Accepted: 23 SEP 2009
- Supported by Z01-HD-00641 from NIH (Intramural Research Program of NICHD); 1R01DK080906-01A1 from NIDDK; R072IC from USUHS; Supplemental funding from NCMHD
- obesity prevention;
- inter-personal psychotherapy;
- loss of control eating
Interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT) is effective at reducing binge episodes and inducing weight stabilization in obese adults with binge eating disorder.
We piloted the administration of IPT to girls at-risk for excess weight gain (BMI 75th–97th percentile; IPT-WG) with and without loss of control (LOC) eating. Thirty-eight girls (12–17 years) were randomized to IPT-WG or a standard-of-care health education group.
All 38 girls completed the programs and all follow-up visits through 6 months. Thirty-five of 38 returned for a complete assessment visit at 1 year. Among girls with baseline LOC (n = 20), those in IPT-WG experienced greater reductions in such episodes than girls in health education (p = .036). Regardless of LOC status, over 1 year girls in IPT-WG were less likely to increase their BMI as expected for their age and BMI percentile (p = .028).
IPT-WG is feasible and acceptable to adolescent girls at-risk for adult obesity and may prevent excess weight gain over 1 year. © 2009 by Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Int J Eat Disord 2010; 43:701–706