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Web-based self-help intervention found to be beneficial for binge eating disorder

Web-based self-help intervention beneficial for binge eating disorder

For patients with binge eating disorder (BED), a web-based cognitive behavioral self-help intervention leads to significant reductions in binge eating episodes and improvements in mental health outcomes, according to a study published online May 16 in JAMA Network Open.

Luise Pruessner, from Heidelberg University in Germany, and colleagues examined the effectiveness of a web-based cognitive behavioral self-help intervention for individuals with BED in a two-arm, parallel-group randomized clinical trial. A total of 154 patients aged 18 to 65 years who met the for BED were enrolled and randomly assigned to a web-based self-help intervention or a waiting-list control condition (77 to each).

The researchers observed significant improvements in binge eating episodes (Cohen's d, −0.79) and in global eating psychopathology, weekly binge eating, clinical impairment, well-being, depression, anxiety, , and emotional regulation (difficulties and repertoire) with the web-based intervention.

"The provision of accessible and effective treatment options holds promise for improving the everyday experiences of patients with BED, as well as for diminishing its ," the authors write. "Providing these programs to those in need of treatment can contribute to alleviating the burden that BED places on patients, their families, and society."

More information: Luise Pruessner et al, Effectiveness of a Web-Based Cognitive Behavioral Self-Help Intervention for Binge Eating Disorder, JAMA Network Open (2024). DOI: 10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2024.11127

Andrea K. Graham, Digital Interventions to Close the Treatment Gap for Binge Eating, JAMA Network Open (2024). DOI: 10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2024.11108

Journal information: JAMA Network Open

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