Face-to-face therapy best to treat binge eating disorder. http://google.com/newsstand/s/CBIwpdDf0DU
About 1.9 percent of people around the world will have binge eating disorder during their lives, they add.
“Cognitive-behavioral therapy is the most well-established treatment for adults with binge-eating disorder,” Hilbert told Reuters Health in an email.
Self-help programs also showed promise in some research, however.
For the new study, the researchers randomly assigned 178 overweight or obese patients with binge eating disorder to participate in 20 50-minute face-to-face cognitive behavioral therapy sessions or 11 internet-based self-help sessions. The treatments took four months.
Hilbert said the face-to-face therapy was delivered during individual sessions and focused on nutrition, body image and stress. The self-help program on the internet covered similar topics and patients could move through the program at their own pace. Those in the self-help group met with a specialist before starting the program and also received weekly emails.