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Is Physical Exercise and Dietary Therapy a Feasible Alternative to Cognitive Behaviour Therapy in Treatment of Eating Disorders? A Randomized Controlled Trial of Two Group Therapies.

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About 40-80% of people who suffers from eating disorders has dysfunctional exercise obligations, a comorbidity found to complicate treatment outcome, hence, a reduction in physical activity during therapy is often required. Criticism over the past decade calls into question this practice, as therapeutic use of physical activity in treatment of eating disorders and other mental diseases may rather support recovery and promote health. Further, while dietary therapy and behavioural therapies have unclear empirical support in treatment of eating disorders, a combination of therapies may result in additive effects. To accommodate the need to explore more effective therapies options for bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorders, the purpose of this course is to present the findings from a randomized trial: comparing cognitive behaviour therapy to supervised physical exercise and dietary therapy.

This course is based on the article, s physical exercise and dietary therapy a feasible alternative to cognitive behaviour therapy in treatment of eating disorders? A randomized controlled trial of two group therapies created by Therese Fostervold Mathisen PhD et al. in 2020.

Publication Date:

International Journal of Eating Disorders, January 2020

Course Material Authors

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Therese Fostervold Mathisen PhD
Dr. Mathisen is an Associate Professor, Østfold University College in the Department of Sport Medicine. She has published multiple articles on the topic of guided physical exercise and dietary therapy.
Jan H. Rosenvinge PhD
Dr. Rosenvinge is a Professor, clinical psychology, University of Tromsø and has been active since 1982 in teaching, and especially giving clinical courses in eating disorders and other issues (research ethics, methodology, clinical communication, suicidology), and at all levels (clinicians, bachelor, master and Phd-students). Also, regularly presentations at national and international congresses and conventions.
Oddgeir Friborg PhD
Dr. Friborg is a full-time professor at the Departmentof Psychology, UiTThe Arctic University of Norway and has published 24 papers in the last 3 years and 97 since 2003.

Course Creator

Sandi Cardaman
Sandi Cardaman has been a Licensed Mental Health Counselor for more than 15 years. She has worked with eating disorders, domestic violence and clients who are working with the dependency system.

Recommended For:

This course is recommended for any eating disorder professional, exercise physiologist or health professional that finds interest in exploring how different therapies may meet the need to extend the pool of effective therapy options to those suffering from eating disorders. Discover how psychopathology, purging- and binge eating behaviour may improve by two different means, and specifically how physical activity and dietary therapy may aid in recovery.

Course Objectives:

After taking this course, you should be able to:

  1. Present the current knowledge on mental health effects from physical activity, and to present arguments for incorporating physical activity into treatment of eating disorders
  2. Acknowledge different aspects of recovery; evaluating diagnosis and quality of life.
  3. Explore potential explanations on how two rather different therapies may result in similar long-term outcomes.


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Course Creator: Sandi Cardaman
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