CMH Seminar: 8th November 2018 – Mental Health and Obesity (The MHOBY Study) A transdisciplinary approach to obesity treatment

12.30-1.30pm Thursday 8th November 2018
Room 410, Level 4, 207 Bouverie Street, Carlton

Presenter: A/Prof Trine Tetlie Eik-Nes. Associate Professor at the Department of Neuromedicine and Behavioral Science at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU).

INTRODUCTION: This project addresses a startling ineffectiveness of current best practices in pediatric and adult obesity treatments which involve a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach. About 85% of adult patients regain weight and effectiveness of pediatric obesity treatment is even lower. Fundamental limitations of traditional obesity treatments include the assumption that eating behaviour and weight can be changed without reference to psychological factors.

AIMS: Principal objectives will be to implement psychological health information, psychological assessment, and obesity treatment interventions and evaluate outcomes compared to traditional lifestyle interventions.

METHODS: This study will include the implementation of psychological triage and psychological health information for patients seeking weight loss treatment, involving two large pilot studies with a 2-year follow. Participants will be screened with psychological and physiological examinations.

RESULTS: Biological and psychological characteristics (genes, gut microbiota, appetite hormones, activity patterns, disordered eating and quality of life) will be gathered.

CONCLUSIONS: Findings from the MHOBY study will support the development of preventive measures, diagnostics and treatment for patients with obesity and disordered eating.

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