Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Weight Management and Eating Disorders in Children and Adolescents

Denise E. Wilfley*, Rachel P. Kolko, Andrea E. Kass

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Eating disorders and obesity in children and adolescents involve harmful behavior and attitude patterns that infiltrate daily functioning. Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is well suited to treating these conditions, given the emphasis on breaking negative behavior cycles. This article reviews the current empirically supported treatments and the considerations for youth with weight control issues. New therapeutic modalities (ie, enhanced CBT and the socioecologic model) are discussed. Rationale is provided for extending therapy beyond the individual treatment milieu to include the family, peer network, and community domains to promote behavior change, minimize relapse, and support healthy long-term behavior maintenance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)271-285
Number of pages15
JournalChild and Adolescent Psychiatric Clinics of North America
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2011


  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy
  • Eating disorders
  • Obesity
  • Weight control

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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