Pilot study of a graded exercise program for the treatment of anorexia nervosa

Citation
V. Thien et al., Pilot study of a graded exercise program for the treatment of anorexia nervosa, INT J EAT D, 28(1), 2000, pp. 101-106
Citations number
6
Language
INGLESE
art.tipo
Article
Categorie Soggetti
Psycology,"Clinical Psycology & Psychiatry
Journal title
INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF EATING DISORDERS
ISSN journal
0276-3478 → ACNP
Volume
28
Issue
1
Year of publication
2000
Pages
101 - 106
Database
ISI
SICI code
0276-3478(200007)28:1<101:PSOAGE>2.0.ZU;2-R
Abstract
Objective: To determine whether a graded exercise program used in the treat ment of anorexia nervosa improves quality of life and does not decrease the rate of gain of body fat. Methods: A randomized controlled trial with outc ome measures: change in percent body fat, body mass index (BMI) and Medical Outcomes Survey Short Form 36-item Quality of Life questionnaire. Results: Fifteen females and one male meeting the DSM-IV criteria for the diagnosis of anorexia nervosa were randomized. There was no difference in change in BMI or percent body fat at 3 months. Quality of life outcomes improved from baseline in the experimental group compared with the control group. Howeve r, this difference was not statistically significant. Discussion: incorpora tion of a graded exercise program may increase compliance with treatment, b ut it did not reduce the short-term rate of gain of body fat or BMI. Longer studies with more subjects are necessary to determine the usefulness of a graded exercise program in anorexia nervosa. (C) 2000 by John Wiley & Sons, Inc.