Many of us are guilty of worrying about our body weight, but for those who suffer from eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia the behavior runs much deeper than mere concern with serious medical and psychological effects. Using behavioral therapy in conjunction with a pre-programmed scale, the Mandometer Method strives to help those patients learn healthy eating behaviors.
Recently cleared by the FDA for the treatment of eating disorders, the device itself is a small scale and monitor that helps patients compare their rate of eating and feelings of satiety with normal eating patterns. The device and program, developed by researchers at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden, showed a 75 percent recovery rate in randomized clinical trials with 90 percent of those patients remaining healthy over a five-year period. With FDA clearance, this therapy can now be prescribed by physicians.
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