Effects of a cognitive-behavioral therapy-based immersion obesity treatment program for adolescents on weight, fitness, and cardiovascular risk factors: a pilot study

Child Obes. 2015 Apr;11(2):215-8. doi: 10.1089/chi.2014.0004. Epub 2015 Feb 3.


Background: Comprehensive, residential treatment for severe obesity in adolescents may be an alternative to bariatric surgery and more efficacious than outpatient treatment. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effects of a long-term cognitive-behavioral therapy-based immersion obesity treatment program for adolescents.

Methods: Twelve obese adolescents with BMIs above the 95th percentile completed a 14- to 18-week multicomponent intervention.

Results: We observed significant improvements in BMI z-score, waist circumference, mile run time, and blood lipids.

Conclusion: This study suggests that the tested program may be effective, at least in the short term; a randomized, controlled trial to further assess this model is warranted.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adolescent Health
  • Body Mass Index
  • Cardiovascular Diseases / prevention & control*
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy*
  • Combined Modality Therapy
  • Diet, Reducing*
  • Exercise*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Obesity / prevention & control*
  • Obesity / therapy
  • Pilot Projects
  • Program Evaluation
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Weight Loss*