A pilot evaluation of appetite-awareness training in the treatment of childhood overweight and obesity: A preliminary investigation
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This is the accepted version of the following article: Bloom, Taryn and Sharpe, Louise and Mullan, Barbara and Zucker, Nancy. 2013. A pilot evaluation of appetite-awareness training in the treatment of childhood overweight and obesity: A preliminary investigation. International Journal of Eating Disorders. 46 (1): pp. 47-51, which has been published in final form at http://doi.org/10.1002/eat.22041
Objective: 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.Method: Overweight children (ages 6–12 years old) were randomized to either the CAAT treatment group (N 5 23), to receive 1-h treatment sessions over 6 weeks, or a wait-list group (N 5 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 CAAT group.Results: 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 pre-treatment and follow- up BMI was no longer significant.Discussion: 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.
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