S. Barnow, M. Stopsack, Dorothee Bernheim
Psychotherapie Psychosomatik Medizinische Psychologie
BACKGROUND: Aim of this study was to examine effects of an outpatient intervention program for obese children. METHOD: 45 obese children were treated with a cognitive-behavioural intervention program (IG) and were compared with 21 children of a waiting list (WG). Weight, self esteem, emotional and behaviour problems were measured at the beginning (T0) and the end (of T1) of the intervention. Additionally, predictors of therapy success were examined. RESULTS: The intervention program lead to a moderate reduction of weight, whereas there was no weight reduction in the waiting group. Furthermore, self esteem increased and emotional problems decreased in the IG. Neither a positive family history of obesity nor the weight at T0 did predict treatment outcome. CONCLUSION: Obese children profited from the cognitive-behavioral intervention program, weight reduction was, however, only moderate. Therefore, specific predictors for therapy success should be evaluated in further studies.