Psychotherapy offers obesity prevention for ‘at risk’ teenage girls

A team of scientists Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences and the National Institutes of Health have piloted psychotherapy treatment to prevent excessive weight gain among adolescent girls considered at risk . The study, published in the International Journal of Eating Disorders, found that girls who participated in interpersonal psychotherapy may be better able to prevent their increase in BMI over a year than girls who took traditional health education courses.We found a significant response reduction in the insular cortex in patients compared with control volunteers during the observation of disgusted faces, but also that patients were half as likely to recognize that the face expresses disgust. This was not the case with other facial expressions, such as fear.

Thirty-eight girls, some with and others without the loss of power to control, were selected for the trial and were randomly assigned to participate in both sessions of IPT or standard education classes currently teaches health for adolescents. All the girls have completed their courses and received follow-up visits for next year.

We conducted this study to reduce the rate of obesity has increased dramatically in children and adolescents, said Krafft-Tanofsky. IPT for binge eating disorder is based on the assumption that binge eating occurs in response to poor social functioning and consequent negative moods.

Girls who are engaged IPT were more likely to stabilize or reduce their body mass index than those who received health education classes. BMI is a measurement of height adjustment, and is used to determine the appropriate weight gain in growing children and adolescents.