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Yoga in Treatment of Eating Disorders

The recruitment status of this study is unknown. The completion date has passed and the status has not been verified in more than two years.
Verified March 2009 by Norwegian School of Sport Sciences.
Recruitment status was:  Recruiting
University of Oslo
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Norwegian School of Sport Sciences Identifier:
First received: March 26, 2009
Last updated: NA
Last verified: March 2009
History: No changes posted

Purpose: to examine effects of hatha yoga in treatment of eating disorders.


Participants: patients with DSM-IV Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa or Eating Disorders Not Otherwise Specified will be invited to participate in this study. Exclusion criteria will be age under 18, serious medical complications, psychosis or increased risk of suicide.

Design: randomized controlled single-blinded trial. Intervention: 2 x 90 min weekly group sessions for 12 weeks with hatha yoga. Main outcome measure: reduction in Eating Disorders Examination score. Secondary outcome measures: reduction in body dissatisfaction, depression and anxiety

Condition Intervention Phase
Eating Disorders Behavioral: Yoga Phase 1

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single (Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Yoga in Treatment of Eating Disorders

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Further study details as provided by Norwegian School of Sport Sciences:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • reduction in eating disorders symptoms assessed by Eating Disorders Examination clinical interview [ Time Frame: after 12 weeks ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • increased body awareness [ Time Frame: after 12 weeks ]

Estimated Enrollment: 50
Study Start Date: March 2009
Estimated Study Completion Date: December 2011
Estimated Primary Completion Date: December 2010 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Yoga
90 min hatha yoga 2 times per week for 12 weeks.
Behavioral: Yoga
90 min hatha yoga 2 times per week for 12 weeks.
No Intervention: Controls
Control group are offered the yoga intervention after finishing the study

Detailed Description:
For the last years, yoga has become a popular "body-mind" form of exercise in western countries (Daubenmier, 2005). Yoga has shown good effects on increasing muscle strength, flexibility and stability, in addition studies have found reduced stress level, improved mood and breathing (Astin et al., 2003; Gimbel, 1998b; Granath et al., 2006; Lavey et al., 2005; Manjunatha et al., 2005b; Netz & Lidor, 2003a; Telles & Naveen, 1997b; Yadav et al., 2005b). Previous research have shown a tendency for persons practicing yoga improving body awareness and body sensitivity, and reduction of body dissatisfaction (Daubenmier, 2005). In addition, two studies have examined yoga in treatment of binge eating disorder (Daubenmier, 2005; Gimbel, 1998a). Results showed reduction in number of binge eating episodes in the intervention group compared to the control group. No available studies have examined effect of yoga in treatment of the eating disorders types Anorexia Nervosa or Bulimia Nervosa.

Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • age 18 or above
  • DSM-IV Anorexia nervosa, Bulimia nervosa or Eating disorders not otherwise specified

Exclusion Criteria:

  • serious medical complications
  • psychosis
  • suicidal behavior
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00870753

Contact: Kari E Karlsen, psych student
Contact: Solfrid Bratland-Sanda, master sports science

Norwegian School of Sport Sciences Recruiting
Oslo, Norway, 0806
Contact: Kari E Karlsen, psych student         
Sub-Investigator: Jorunn Sundgot-Borgen, PhD         
Sub-Investigator: Solfrid Bratland-Sanda, MSc         
Sub-Investigator: Kirsten Benum, PhD         
Sponsors and Collaborators
Norwegian School of Sport Sciences
University of Oslo
  More Information

Responsible Party: Kari Ebbesen Karlsen, University of Oslo Identifier: NCT00870753     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 2.2006.1243
Study First Received: March 26, 2009
Last Updated: March 26, 2009

Keywords provided by Norwegian School of Sport Sciences:
Eating disorders
body awareness

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Feeding and Eating Disorders
Pathologic Processes
Mental Disorders processed this record on September 25, 2017