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

Carly R. Pacanowski, Lisa Diers, Ross D. Crosby, Dianne Neumark-Sztainer

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)37-51
Number of pages15
JournalEating disorders
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2017


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