Cognitive behavioral group therapy on a sample of obese female patients with binge-eating disorder: Egyptian study

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Abstract

Background

Binge eating disorder has been found to be more than an eating problem. Treatment of binge eating disorder depends on changing other aspects, and studies have shown the efficacy of cognitive behavioral therapy in reducing binge-eating disorder.

Aim

The aim of this study was to determine the effectiveness of cognitive behavioral group therapy on obese patients with binge eating disorder.

Patients and methods

This study was a prospective experimental clinical trial. Twenty-six obese female patients with binge eating disorder were enrolled in cognitive behavioral group therapy with prepsychometric and postpsychometric assessment using Symptom Checklist, Eating Disorder Examination Interview, Binge Eating Scale, and Rosenberg Self-esteem Scale.

Results

Fifty-seven percent of patients showed improvement in severity of binge eating. There was significant improvement in eating pathology and reduction in the frequency of binge episodes. Significant self-esteem improvement and less psychological distress were observed and BMI showed no significant change.

Conclusion

Cognitive behavioral group therapy showed effectiveness in improvement of self-esteem with less concerns about weight, shape, eating, and dietary restraint. Reduced frequency of binge eating episodes and less psychological distress were also areas of efficacy with no change in BMI.

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