Changes in physical activity, physical fitness, self-perception and quality of life following a 6-month physical activity counseling and cognitive behavioral therapy program in outpatients with binge eating disorder

Davy Vancampfort, Michel Probst, An Adriaens, Guido Pieters, Marc De Hert, Brendon Stubbs, Andrew Soundy, Johan Vanderlinden

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Abstract

The aim of the current study was to explore the associations between changes in the number of binges, physical activity participation, physical fitness, physical self-perception and quality of life following a 6-month physical activity counseling and cognitive behavioral program in patients with binge eating disorder (BED). In total 34 (31 women) outpatients with BED (38.5±10.7 years) completed a 6-month 1-day per week group-based program. Participants completed the 36-item Short Form Health Survey, the Baecke Physical Activity questionnaire, the Physical Self Perception Profile and performed a 6-min walk test (6MWT) at baseline, after 3 and 6 months. Except for physical activity at work, physical strength and self-worth perception, all parameters significantly improved after 6 months. The effect sizes ranged from −0.33 for the number of binges to 1.67 for participation in sports activities. Significant increases in leisure time physical activity were associated with significant improvements in physical health related quality of life, perceived sports competence and physical fitness and in perceived body attractiveness. The significant reduction in the number of binges was associated with significant improvements in physical health related quality of life. Future research should focus on detailing which techniques can stimulate physical activity participation in patients with BED.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)361-366
JournalPsychiatry Research
Volume219
Issue number2
Early online date1 Jun 2014
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 30 Oct 2014

Keywords

  • Binge eating
  • Physical activity
  • Exercise
  • Physical fitness
  • Quality of life
  • self-perception

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