Six-month follow-up of in-patient experiential cognitive therapy for binge eating disorders

Giuseppe Riva, M. Bacchetta, G. Cesa, S. Conti, E. Molinari

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Treating binge eating disorders is not easy: the disordered eating is usually combined with a patient who is overweight and often obese. As underlined by the current literature, treatment outcome must focus, at a minimum, on the binge eating characterizing this disorder, on weight changes, and preferably also changes in co-morbid psychopathology. To address these issues, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is still considered the best approach. However, if we check the results of follow-up studies, different authors reported some relapse in the frequency of binge eating and small weight gains over the follow-up period. This paper describes the 6-month follow-up outcome of the Experiential Cognitive Therapy (ECT), a multi factorial treatment for binge eating disorders, including virtual reality therapy. These results are compared in a randomized controlled trial (n = 36) with the ones obtained by CBT and nutritional groups only. The results showed that 77% of the ECT group quit binging after 6 months versus 56% for the CBT sample and 22% for the nutritional group sample. Moreover, the ECT sample reported better scores in most psychometric tests including EDI-2 and body image scores.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)251-258
Number of pages8
JournalCyberpsychology and Behavior
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2003

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication
  • Applied Psychology


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