A pilot evaluation of appetite-awareness training in the treatment of childhood overweight and obesity: A preliminary investigation
Version of Record online: 23 JUL 2012
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International Journal of Eating Disorders
Volume 46, Issue 1, pages 47–51, January 2013
How to Cite
Bloom, T., Sharpe, L., Mullan, B. and Zucker, N. (2013), A pilot evaluation of appetite-awareness training in the treatment of childhood overweight and obesity: A preliminary investigation. Int. J. Eat. Disord., 46: 47–51. doi: 10.1002/eat.22041
- Issue online: 11 DEC 2012
- Version of Record online: 23 JUL 2012
- Manuscript Accepted: 24 JUN 2012
- childhood obesity;
- childhood overweight;
- randomized controlled trial;
The aim of this study was to conduct a preliminary evaluation of Children's Appetite Awareness Training (CAAT), a treatment for childhood obesity which encourages overweight children to eat in response to internal appetite cues.
Overweight children (ages 6–12 years old) were randomized to either the CAAT treatment group (N = 23), to receive 1-h treatment sessions over 6 weeks, or a wait-list group (N = 24). Weight and height of children and parents in both groups were assessed at pre- and post-treatment (or equivalent time for wait-list control) and at a 6-month follow-up for those in the CAATgroup.
The intervention had a significant, short-term effect on the BMI of children who participated. Although at 6-month follow-up, children's BMI has not increased significantly, the difference between pretreatment and follow-up BMI was no longer significant.
These results are encouraging for the use of CAAT with overweight children. Long-term effectiveness could be enhanced through increasing the duration of the program, adding booster sessions and increased involvement of parents. © 2012 by Wiley Periodicals, Inc. (Int J Eat Disord 2013)