Family-based treatment for child and adolescent overweight and obesity: A transdevelopmental approach

Katharine L. Loeb, Angela Celio Doyle, Kristen Anderson, Amy Parter, Corinne Sweeney, Lisa Hail, Katherine Craigen, Tom Hildebrandt, Daniel Le Grange

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The prevalence of anorexia nervosa (AN) is estimated at 0.3-0.7 percent among adolescent females between 15-19 years of age; yet the age of onset is even younger. AN can be medically serious in developing adolescents with malnutrition, leading to growth retardation, pubertal delay or interruption, and peak bone mass reduction. Several recent reviews have examined the evidence supporting Family-Based Treatment (FBT) for individuals of all ages with eating disorders. FBT is the current recommended first-line treatment for adolescents with Anorexia Nervosa. In the past decade, an impressive number of prevention programs for eating disorders (ED) in general have been developed and evaluated in randomized controlled trials (RCT) and have allowed meta-analyses to be conducted. When linked to in-person medical services, such as medical monitoring by a pediatrician, Internet-delivered programs may help reduce mental health care disparities for adolescent AN.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFamily Therapy for Adolescent Eating and Weight Disorders
Subtitle of host publicationNew Applications
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages53
ISBN (Electronic)9781134697298
ISBN (Print)9780415714730
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2015


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