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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 11  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 166-169
Effect of yoga in the treatment of eating disorders: A single-blinded randomized controlled trial with 6-months follow-up

1 Department of Psychology, University of Oslo; District Psychiatric Center, Department of Sandnessjøen, Helgeland Hospital; Institute of Eating Disorder, Oslo, Norway
2 Research Institute of Modum Bad, Vikersund, Norway
3 Research Institute of Modum Bad, Vikersund; University College of Southeast Norway, Bø, Norway
4 Department of Psychology, University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway

Correspondence Address:
Kari Ebbesen Karlsen
Department of Psychology, University of Oslo, Oslo; Department of Sandnessjoen, District Psychiatric Center, Helgeland Hospital, Helgeland; Institute of Eating Disorder, Oslo
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ijoy.IJOY_3_17

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Aim of the Study: The aim of this study is to examine the effect of yoga treatment of eating disorders (EDs). Methods: Adult females meeting the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual-IV criteria for bulimia nervosa or ED not otherwise specified (n = 30) were randomized to 11-week yoga intervention group (2 × 90 min/week) or a control group. Outcome measures, the Eating Disorder Examination (EDE)-Interview and Eating Disorders Inventory-2 (EDI-2) scores, were administered at baseline, posttest, and at 6-month follow-up. There was a dropout rate of 30% (posttest) and 37% (6-month follow-up). Results: The intervention group showed reductions in EDE global score (P < 0.01), the EDE subscale restraint (P < 0.05), and eating concern (P < 0.01) compared to the control group. The differences between the groups increased at 6-month follow-up. There were no differences between the groups in the EDI-2 score. Conclusion: The results indicate that yoga could be effective in the treatment of ED.

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