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Yoga in the treatment of eating disorders within a residential program: A randomized controlled trial

Date Published: 10/16


To investigate the effect of yoga on negative affect (an eating disorders risk factor), 38 individuals in a residential eating disorder treatment program were randomized to a control or yoga intervention: 1 hour of yoga before dinner for 5 days. Negative affect was assessed pre- and post-meal. Mixed-effects models compared negative affect between groups during the intervention period. Yoga significantly reduced pre-meal negative affect compared to treatment as usual; however, the effect was attenuated post-meal. Many eating disorders programs incorporate yoga into treatment. This preliminary evidence sets the stage for larger studies examining yoga and eating disorder treatment and prevention.


Carly R. Pacanowski1, Lisa Diers2, Ross D. Crosby3, Dianne Neumark-Sztainer4

1Department of Behavioral Health and Nutrition, College of Health Sciences, University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware, USA 2The Emily Program, St. Paul, Minnesota, USA 3The Neuropsychiatric Research Institute, Fargo, North Dakota, USA, The University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of North Dakota, Fargo, North Dakota USA. 4Division of Epidemiology and Community Health, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA.

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