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Treatment of overweight in children and adolescents: does dieting increase the risk of eating disorders?
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  15856498     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: Overweight is a serious health problem in children and adolescents. Some investigators fear that dieting, the principal method of reducing body weight, may precipitate eating disorders and related complications. This review examined the literature on the effects of dieting on eating behavior and psychological status in youth. METHOD: Electronic databases were searched for articles containing combinations of the following keywords: weight loss, dieting, treatment, overweight, obesity, anorexia, bulimia, binge eating, eating disorder, children, and adolescents. A manual search of reference lists also was conducted. RESULTS: Five relevant studies were found. Their findings suggest that a professionally administered weight loss poses minimal risks of precipitating eating disorders in overweight children and adolescents. Significant improvements in psychological status also were observed in several studies. DISCUSSION: Concerns about potential ill effects of dieting should not dissuade overweight youth from pursuing sensible methods of weight loss.
Meghan L Butryn; Thomas A Wadden
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The International journal of eating disorders     Volume:  37     ISSN:  0276-3478     ISO Abbreviation:  Int J Eat Disord     Publication Date:  2005 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2005-05-02     Completed Date:  2005-08-08     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8111226     Medline TA:  Int J Eat Disord     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  285-93     Citation Subset:  IM    
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Copyright 2005 by Wiley Periodicals, Inc
Department of Psychology, Drexel University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Behavioral Symptoms / etiology
Diet, Reducing / adverse effects*,  psychology
Eating Disorders / etiology*,  psychology
Feeding Behavior / psychology
Obesity / diet therapy*
Risk Factors

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