Targeting emotional eating and weight loss in adolescents (a.k.a Families, Responsibility, Education, Support, Health for Teens (FRESH-TEEN Study)


The two primary aims of the study are: -To evaluate the efficacy of PEER and BWL on the target adolescent’s weight over the 18 months of the study, and -To evaluate the efficacy of PEER and BWL on the target adolescent’s emotion regulation skills and emotional eating over the 18-months of the study.

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13 Years to 16 Years old
This study is NOT accepting healthy volunteers
Inclusion Criteria:

• Adolescent age 13-16 years
• BMI percentile 85%85%-99.9% (adolescent only)
• Ability to read English at a minimum 6th grade level (both adolescent and parent); and willing to participate in a 6-month treatment and all assessments (both adolescent and parent)
Exclusion Criteria:

• Current enrollment in a weight management program (Child and Parent);
• Medication that is specifically prescribed for weight loss (Child and Parent);
• Medical or psychiatric condition that may interfere with treatment participation (Child and Parent);
• Regular use of compensatory behavior for weight loss (e.g., purging) during the past six months (Child and Parent);
• Current pregnancy or lactating (Child and Parent);
• Change in psychotropic medication during the previous three months (Child and Parent).

Behavioral: Behavioral Weight Loss (BWL) + Emotion Regulation (ER), Behavioral: Behavioral Weight Loss (BWL)

Overweight and Obesity

Overweight, Obesity, Overeating, Treatment, Body Mass Index, Intervention, Behavioral Treatment, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Emotion Regulation

Bolade Santos -
Carol Peterson
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