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Q Does cognitive behavioural therapy improve the outcome of a comprehensive very low calorie diet programme in obese women with binge eating disorder?
Randomised controlled trial.
Follow up period:
University of Minnesota, USA.
Seventy one women aged 18–55 years with binge eating disorder (DSM-IV; mean BMI 36.1 kg/m2). Exclusions: serious medical comorbidity; psychotropic medication; psychosis, suicidal tendencies or substance abuse; current psychiatric or obesity treatment.
Control group: very low calorie diet programme involving a 12 week fasting phase (800 kcal/day in rehydrated powdered supplement form) followed by six weeks of food reintroduction and six weeks of weight stabilisation (1200 kcal/day). A dietician provided 24 weekly 1.5 hour group sessions comprising nutrition education, behavioural strategies …
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