Cognitive-behavioral therapy for eating disorders

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This chapter discusses cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) as applicable to all eating disorders in adults and adolescents. It reviews the most recent manual-based enhanced CBT (CBT-E), which not only appears to be more effective than the previous protocol but also is applicable to all eating disorders and enhances individualizing treatment even within specific diagnoses. The chapter considers the effectiveness of CBT compared to behavior weight loss treatment, pharmacotherapy, and interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT). It considers patient access to evidence- based CBT and discusses effective dissemination and implementation of competently administered CBT- E as a research priority. It describes and considers the effectiveness of a guided self-help form of CBT (CBTgsh), which provides a brief, costeffective, acceptable, and scalable intervention. It describes possible further development of CBTgsh as a scalable e-therapy (using Internet and mobile devices) given that it is a program- based intervention that can be widely implemented by nonspecialists.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Eating Disorders
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9780190620998
StatePublished - Jan 1 2017

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Psychology(all)


  • Binge eating disorder
  • Bulimia nervosa
  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy
  • Cost-effectiveness
  • Dissemination
  • Guided self-help
  • Internet treatment
  • Transdiagnostic
  • Treatment outcome
  • Treatment scalability


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