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Presentation announcement!

Today, the 13th Vienna Congress on Eating Disorders starts (hybrid)! Tomorrow morning, Ricarda will give a presentation on "Avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder (ARFID), rumination disorder, and pica". You should not miss it!


Not in the park, but in the dark!

Here are some impressions from our mini golf indoor training last week.

Congratulations to Anja Hilbert for the unchallenged victory. 

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We are hiring!

We are looking for a research assistant in our NOBEAD project (start April 2023). Join our team and apply. Click here for more information!


Virtual press briefing!

"Semaglutide & co. – diabetes injections for weight loss?" Anja Hilbert and two research colleagues answered questions on this topic in a virtual press briefing. Take a look at the fascinating article and video!


We are busy. Here we are discussing during our weekly team meeting.

Team meeting at the Behavioral Medicine Research Unit



We wish all patients, colleagues, cooperation partners, and interested readers a healthy and happy new year. We are very excited about our current and upcoming research projects.

New year - new publication: Here you can check out our recent publication by Lars Julius Breinker et al. who examined predictors for success and adherence in a multimodal obesity treatment for children and adolescents. They found that greater treatment success was predicted by a younger age, treatment initiation before the COVID-19 pandemic, and greater eating disorder psychopathology. For treatment adherence, only treatment initiation before the COVID-19 pandemic significantly predicted treatment adherence.



We say goodbye to a short Christmas break and wish everyone a merry, peaceful, and blessed Christmas.

PS: The photo shows the wonderful Christmas tree in our Leipzig Mädlerpassage.


New paper!

Here you can check out our new paper on food-induced EEG activity in children with overweight. The pilot study demonstrated elevated central beta band activity in children with overweight or obesity when viewing high-calorie food stimuli and attractive non-food stimuli compared to children with normal weight, but no differences for low-calorie stimuli were seen. The results mirror evidence found for adults and indicate that beta band activity may be a valuable target for neuromodulatory interventions in children with overweight or obesity.

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The Süddeutsche Zeitung published an article about children's eating habits and interviewed experts in the field of eating behaviors and disorders in children. Here you can see what Anja Hilbert recommended (article in German). Check it out!


RTL was our guest and interviewed and filmed us about EEG neurofeedback in binge-eating disorder. The result are 3 interesting minutes - you can watch them here in the TV program RTL Punkt 12.


Our PhD student Lars Julius Breinker and colleagues published the results on the efficacy of a 12-month multimodal obesity treatment in routine care in children and adolescents aged 2-17 years. The study showed significant improvement in age- and sex-specific body mass index, especially in treatment responders, but highlighted the need for further psychotherapeutic interventions. Read the paper here.


Our study on EEG neurofeedback for patients with binge-eating disorder by Marie Blume and colleagues was featured in the Apothekenumschau. Check it out!


Out of the office - let's play mini golf!

We had a nice team day on the mini golf course. Here are some impressions!            By the way: We did not miss the putt. The ball missed the hole (mostly) 😀



Paper news!   

In the pursuit of improving assessment options for avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder (ARFID), we further refined the our ARFID module for the Eating Disorder Examination (EDE) and its child adapted version (ChEDE). In our new paper published in the Internal Journal of Eating Disorders, we present favorable psychometric properties of the child, adult, and parent version of the EDE ARFID module within a sample of N = 176 children and adolescents (0-17 years) and their parents. Check it out!

Reference: Schmidt, R., Hiemisch, A., Kiess, W., von Klitzing, K., Schlensog-Schuster, F., & Hilbert, A. (2022). Validation study on the child, adult, and parent version of the ARFID module 2.0 for the Eating Disorder Examination. International Journal of Eating Disorders. Advance online publication.

PS: If you are interested in using and training in the module, just contact us!


New paper published!   

Anja and her team analyzed data (N = 748) of our PRAC study on whether eating disorders and nonnormative eating behaviors are prospectively associated with weight loss and health-related quality of life (HRQOL) up to 6 years following obesity surgery. Interested? Check out the highly intersting results on JAMA Network Open. (Open Access Article)



New study website launched!   

We are excited to announce the launch of presenting our SmartBWL study. Check it out!



New paper!

Andrea Hartmann and colleagues examined pica and rumination disorder - two new diagnostic entities in the DSM-5 and ICD-11. Although previously known and classified as feeding disorders in children, both conditions can occur in adulthood. The paper presents prevalence rates and the clinical significance of pica and rumination disorder in adults. Check it out!

Hartmann, A. S., Zenger, M., Glaesmer, H., Strauß, B., Brähler, E., de Zwaan, M., & Hilbert, A. (2022). Prevalence of pica and rumination behaviours in adults and associations with eating disorder and general psychopathology: findings form a population-based study. Epidemiology and Psychiatric Sciences, 31, e40.


Handbook published!

Anja Hilbert and Brunna Tuschen-Caffier published their new handbook for binge-eating disorder. The book is addressed to individuals with BED and their relatives and provides initial support, points of contact, and opportunities for self-help to overcome BED. At the same time, it informs about the causes, manifestations, and development of the disorder and can thus also serve as an adjunct to treatment.


Tuschen-Caffier, B. & Hilbert, A. (Eds.) (2022). Ratgeber Binge-Eating-Störung. Informationen für Betroffene und Angehörige. [Handbook on binge-eating disorder]. Göttingen: Hogrefe, ISBN 978-3-80-172225-8.


Handbook published!

Our new clinical handbook on eating disorders in children and adolescents was published! Check it out!

Herpertz-Dahlmann, B. & Hilbert, A. (Eds.) (2022). Essstörungen bei Kindern und Jugendlichen [Eating Disorders in Children and Adolescents]. Stuttgart: Kohlhammer, ISBN 978-3-17-039202-1.



New paper!

Anja Hilbert and colleagues published their validation study on their new Hedonic Overeating-Questionnaire (HEDO-Q) today! The HEDO-Q is a brief six-item questionnaire assessing central behavioral aspects of food reward and control, supported by current neuroscientific research: Wanting, liking, and dyscontrol. This first evaluation in a representative population sample indicates good psychometric properties of the HEDO-Q!

Hilbert, A., Witte, V., Meule, A., Braehler, E., & Kliem, S. (2022). Development of the Hedonic Overeating-Questionnaire (HEDO-Q). Nutrients, 14, 1865.


EEG neurofeedback for binge-eating disorder in the media!

Our study by Blume et al. (2021) attracted great interest in the world wide web, as you can see here.


taz article on our work!

Our work on eating disorders was featured in the German newspaper taz today:

Kampf gegen den eigenen Körper [Fighting one’s own body]. taz, April 2, 2022, p. 4


Today, RTL News reported about our new neurofeedback publication: Finally help for eating disorders? Brain training halves binge eating [Endlich Hilfe für Essgestörte? Gehirntraining halbiert Heißhunger-Attacken]. The neurofeedback study was recently published as epub ahead of print!


A new PhD was born: Janina finished her PhD about risk factors of overweight an obesity from the prenatal period to childhood and the preceding determinants of those risk factors. She and her colleagues examined the following key points on the basis of the LIFE Child longitudinal cohort: influence of maternal risk factors on maternal depressive symptoms and stress during pregnancy; influence of maternal depressive symptoms and stress during pregnancy on gestational age at birth and child BMI from birth up to 2 years of age; and stability, continuity, and bi-directional associations of parental feeding practices and child BMI during childhood.

Interested? Have a look at the published papers!

Eichler, J., Schmidt, R., Hiemisch, A., Kiess, W., & Hilbert, A. (2019). Gestational weight gain, physical activity, sleep problems, substance use, and food intake as proximal risk factors of stress and depressive symptoms during pregnancy. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, 19(1), 175. 

Eichler, J., Schmidt, R., Poulain, T., Hiemisch, A., Kiess, W., & Hilbert, A. (2021). Maternal depressive symptoms and stress during pregnancy as predictors of gestational age at birth and standardized body mass index from birth up to 2 years of age. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, 21, 635. 

Eichler, J., Schmidt, R., Poulain, T., Hiemisch, A., Kiess, W., & Hilbert, A. (2019). Stability, continuity, and bi‑directional associations of parental feeding practices and standardized child body mass index in children from 2 to 12 years of age. Nutrients, 11(8), 1751.

January 2022

New paper!

Our new paper by Schmidt and Hilbert was published. Ricarda Schmidt and Anja Hilbert investigated predictors for treatment success in adolescents with binge-eating disorder. They found that higher dietary restraint and weight or shape concern predicted greater improvements in eating disorder psychopathology in cognitive-behavioral therapy, similar to findings in adults with binge-eating disorder.

Schmidt, R., & Hilbert, A. (2022). Predictors of symptom trajectories after cognitive-behavioral therapy in adolescents with an age-adapted diagnosis of binge-eating disorder. Behavior Therapy53(1), 137–149.


New paper!

Our new paper by Busch et al. was published today. Nele Busch and colleagues provided and in-depth examination of excutive functions in binge-eating disorder. Adults with this disorder showed few deficits in general executive functions when compared to the population and no variations by mental or physical comorbidity. In contrast, higher weight status (e.g., obesity class 2) accounted for greater food-specific attentional bias.

Busch, N., Schmidt, R., & Hilbert, A. (2021). Executive functions of adults with binge-eating disorder: The role of weight status and psychopathology. Brain Sciences12(1), 6.


The End of Craving - Feature of our work in new book!

Our work was featured in the new book The End of Craving by best-selling author Mark Schatzker which was published today! Mark described his experiences when visiting our lab and when Anja made him have try pralinés and chips in therapeutic exercises, informing his view that wanting – a strong craving for food – could be replaced with liking – more enjoyment by eating better foods – as a potential remedy to the obesity pandemic…

Schatzker, M. (2021). The End of Craving: Recovering the Lost Wisdom of Eating Well. New York: Simon and Schuster.


New paper!                                                                                                                                            Our new paper by Puls et al. was published today. Based on data from real-life employment settings in Germany, Hans-Christian and colleagues showed that employees with obesity experienced more workplace bullying than those with normal weight. Workplace bullying was positively associated with psychological health impairments and partially mediated the associations between higher weight status and elevated burnout symptoms and lower quality of life in women, but not in men.

Puls, H.-C., Schmidt, R., Zenger, M., Kampling, H., Kruse, J., Brähler, E., & Hilbert, A. (2021). Sex-specific mediation effects of workplace bullying on associations between employees’ weight status and psychological health impairments. Nutrients, 13, 3867.


En route!                                                  This week, our PhD student Sarah takes part at the graduate conference of her Cusanuswerk scholarship in Haltern am See. Here, she presents her PhD thesis to an audience of other PhD students from diverse fields. Well done, Sarah!



Lecture announcement - Do not miss!                                                                                       Congress of the German Obesity Society, Wiesbaden, Germany. On November 05, 2021, 5.15-5.40pm: Anja Hilbert will present on the new stigmatization chapter and related recommendations in the revision of the scientific S3-guidelines “Prevention and Treatment of Obesity” of the German Obesity Society


WELCOME TO OUR NEW WEBSITE!                                                                                                     We are very excited to announce the launch of our new international website. Here, we would like to share news from our research group, publications, and information about our research projects. Much pleasure in discovering!