Evaluation of an online cognitive behavioural therapy weight loss programme as an adjunct to anti-obesity medications and lifestyle interventions.

Evaluation of an online cognitive behavioural therapy weight loss programme as an adjunct to anti-obesity medications and lifestyle interventions. Australas Psychiatry. 2019 Sep 16;:1039856219871882 Authors: Tham M, Chong TW Abstract BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Obesity is a global pandemic with psychological, physical and metabolic consequences including in people with mental health conditions. Anti-obesity medications (AOMs) are available to treat obesity and can produce clinically meaningful weight loss but do not address associated psychological issues. We evaluated the usefulness and acceptability of an adjunct online cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) programme for improving psychological outcomes. METHOD: We conducted a real-world 26-week observational study of 120 adults attending an obesity clinic who undertook a comprehensive weight management programme that included standard diet and exercise interventions, an AOM and an online 10-module CBT intervention. Baseline and 26-week psychological, metabolic and physical measures were compared. RESULTS: At 26 weeks, depression, anxiety, stress and emotional eating levels for the sample decreased significantly compared to baseline (all p
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CONCLUSION: The pandemic led to increased psychological distress in patients with a current or past history of obesity, reducing quality of life and affecting dietary compliance. Targeted psychological support is warranted in times of increased stress for fragile subjects such as pre- and post-bariatric patients. LEVEL OF EVIDENCE: Level V: cross-sectional descriptive study. PMID: 32857287 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
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