Summary submitted by Grace Sturgiss, MS, RD, LD
This research article focused on parental strategies around meal times and the impact this may have on weight and eating psychopathology at end of treatment outcomes in adolescents with Anorexia Nervosa using family-based treatment.
Methods included participants completing an eating disorder examination along with weight and height. Family meals were observed with the 5 most common parental strategies being used around mealtimes.
The results showed that the direct and non-direct eating prompts during family meals was linked to further weight gain at end of treatment. There was no significant findings on the impact around the participants eating psychopathology at end of treatment.
Further research is recommended to further explore strategies around family meals and long-term outcome of weight gain.