Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Girls Who Experienced Weight-related Bullying (Online Telehealth Treatment Study)

  • End date
    Aug 14, 2023
  • participants needed
  • sponsor
    Yale University
Updated on 14 October 2022


This study will perform a clinical trial with adolescent girls to pilot a new cognitive-behavioral treatment (CBT) for weight-related bullying testing (1) feasibility, (2) acceptability, and (3) initial efficacy. The treatment will be conducted via audio/video telehealth.


Youth with obesity are more likely to be bullied than healthy-weight peers and weight-related bullying is the most common form of bullying. Treating bullying during childhood could reduce immediate and long-term health consequences, but there are no established individual-level treatments for weight-related bullying despite recommendations that they could improve children's health. This study will develop and test a new treatment for adolescent girls (11-17 years old) who have experienced bullying due to weight. The treatment will address traumatic stress and potentially co-occurring or developing problems with unhealthy weight-control behaviors, disordered eating, and weight. The treatment will be conducted via audio/video telehealth to increase accessibility and is therefore available to anyone in the United States who meets eligibility criteria.

Condition Bullying, Weight, Body, Trauma, Psychological
Treatment CBT for Weight Bullying
Clinical Study IdentifierNCT04587752
SponsorYale University
Last Modified on14 October 2022


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Inclusion Criteria

To be included, adolescents must
Be in the age range ≥11 years old and ≤17 years old
Identify as female
Report experiencing weight-related bullying
Report current distress about weight-related bullying
Be otherwise-healthy youth (i.e., no uncontrolled or serious medical conditions)
Read, comprehend, and write English at a sufficient level to complete study-related materials
Located in the United States and available for participation in the study for 3 months

Exclusion Criteria

Prospective participants will be excluded if the
Has a medical or psychiatric condition that would require hospitalization or intensive care (e.g., severe anorexia, neurological disorder, psychotic disorders, suicidality)
Has uncontrolled medical condition(s) (e.g., uncontrolled diabetes or hypertension)
Is pregnant or breastfeeding
Is taking medication(s) or participating in treatment(s) that could influence weight or appetite
Is engaged in concurrent treatments that focus on trauma-related stress
Began taking hormonal contraceptives less than 3 months prior
Has a developmental or cognitive disorder (e.g., autism spectrum disorder)
Has avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder; or
Is participating in another clinical research study
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