Effects of a cognitive-behavioral exposurebased body image therapy for overweight females with binge eating disorder: a pilot study

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Title: Effects of a cognitive-behavioral exposurebased body image therapy for overweight females with binge eating disorder: a pilot study
Authors: Lewer, Merle
Kosfelder, Joachim
Michalak, Johannes
Schröder, Dorothea
Nasrawi, Nadia
Vocks, Silja
Abstract: Background: Although not part of the diagnostic criteria of the DSM-5, body image disturbance seems to be a relevant feature of Binge Eating Disorder (BED) as well as of other eating disorders such as Anorexia Nervosa (AN) or Bulimia Nervosa (BN). Hence, the aim of the present pilot study was to assess the changeability of body image disturbance in a sample of overweight females with BED by a cognitive-behavioral treatment, directly addressing body image disturbance. Method: Overweight females (N = 34) with BED were randomized to a manualized body image therapy or a waiting-list control group. The final sample consisted of n = 15 participants in the intervention group and n = 19 in the control group due to two drop-outs in the control condition. Before and after the intervention or the waiting period, respectively, participants filled out a questionnaire battery assessing several body image and eating disorder related features. To quantify the perceptual component of body image disturbance, a digital photo distortion technique based on a picture of each participant taken in a standardized suit was applied. Results: In a two-way ANOVA, significant Time × Group interactions were found for eating and shape concerns, drive for thinness, body dissatisfaction, depressiveness and low self-esteem. Follow-up t-tests indicated a significant symptom reduction of a generally high magnitude in the intervention group. No significant changes concerning body checking and the estimations of one’s own “real”, “felt” and “ideal” body dimensions were found. Conclusion: The strong symptom reduction in the cognitive-affective component of body image disturbance indicates that an exposure-based cognitive-behavioral body image intervention is a promising treatment module for overweight females with BED, but future research with a larger sample size is needed to quantify possible changes in all components of body image.
Citations: Lewer, M., Kosfelder, J., Michalak, J., Schröder, D., Nasrawi, N. & Vocks, S. (2017). Effects of a cognitive-behavioral exposure-based body image therapy for overweight females with binge eating disorder: A pilot study. Journal of Eating Disorders, 5:43.
URL: https://repositorium.ub.uni-osnabrueck.de/handle/urn:nbn:de:gbv:700-2018040316775
Subject Keywords: Binge Eating Disorder; Treatment; Exposure; Body Image
Issue Date: 3-Apr-2018
License name: Namensnennung 4.0 International
License url: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
Type of publication: Einzelbeitrag in einer wissenschaftlichen Zeitschrift [article]
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