A randomised cross-over pilot study investigating the use of acupuncture to promote weight loss and mental health in overweight and obese individuals participating in a weight loss program

Sarah Fogarty, Lily Stojanovska, David Harris, Chris Zaslawski, Michael L. Mathai, Andrew J. McAinch

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Abstract

Background: Acupuncture is widely used as an alternative modality for weight loss. Despite its increasing use, few acupuncture studies have evaluated the effect of a weight loss program on the mental health of obese/overweight participants and none have looked at the effect on those with eating, weight and shape concerns. Objectives: To investigate the feasibility of conducting an acupuncture study involving overweight or obese individuals undertaking a weight loss program with particular reference to those with eating concerns. Methods: Thirty-five overweight/obese males and females participated in a single-blinded randomised cross-over study. The two intervention phases were: (1) nutritional counselling plus Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) acupuncture and (2) nutritional counselling plus sham acupuncture. Outcome measures: This study evaluates the feasibility and practicalities of the study including recruitment, retention, adverse events, effectiveness for defining eating and weight concerns, study design and statistics for power calculations. Conclusion: The outcome measures, the recruitment of those with eating and weight concerns and the acceptability of the intervention demonstrate a larger trial investigating the use of acupuncture for weight loss in those who have elevated eating and weight concerns is feasible.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)379-387
Number of pages9
JournalEating and Weight Disorders
Volume20
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 1 2015
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Binge eating disorder
  • EDNOS
  • Obesity
  • Overweight

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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