for people ages 13-16 (full criteria)
at La Jolla, California and other locations
study started
completion around
Principal Investigator
by Kerri Boutelle, Ph.D.



The objective of this proposed study is to collect initial efficacy data on a behavioral weight loss (BWL) program for teens, which also includes emotion regulation strategies (ER), to standard BWL.

Official Title

Targeting Emotional Eating and Weight Loss in Adolescents


The study will compare the efficacy of BWL + ER and BWL. Investigators will provide 6 months of treatment (BWL + ER or BWL) and will follow participants at 12-months post-treatment (total time = 18 months). Investigators will recruit adolescents with overweight and obesity and their parents. Dyads will be assessed at 5 timepoints: baseline (2 visits), mid-treatment (1 visit), post-treatment (2 visits), 6-month follow-up (2 visits), and 12-month follow-up (2 visits). Assessments will include the following for the adolescent and parent: anthropometry, emotion regulation, emotional inhibition, emotional eating, and adolescent-parent relationship measures. This program of research has the potential to advance the standard of practice for adolescents who are overweight or obese by providing alternative interventions.

We are currently offering online treatment groups to accommodate the CDC health and safety guidelines.


Overweight and Obesity, Overweight, Obesity, Overeating, Treatment, Body Mass Index, Intervention, Behavioral Treatment, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Emotion Regulation, Behavioral Weight Loss (BWL) + Emotion Regulation (ER), Behavioral Weight Loss (BWL)


You can join if…

Open to people ages 13-16

  • Adolescent age 13-16 years
  • BMI percentile 85%85%-99.9% (adolescent only)
  • Ability to read English at a minimum 6th grade level (both adolescent and parent); and willing to participate in a 6-month treatment and all assessments (both adolescent and parent)

You CAN'T join if...

  1. Current enrollment in a weight management program (Child and Parent);
  2. Medication that is specifically prescribed for weight loss (Child and Parent);
  3. Medical or psychiatric condition that may interfere with treatment participation (Child and Parent);
  4. Regular use of compensatory behavior for weight loss (e.g., purging) during the past six months (Child and Parent);
  5. Current pregnancy or lactating (Child and Parent);
  6. Change in psychotropic medication during the previous three months (Child and Parent).


  • UCSD Center for Healthy Eating and Activity Research (CHEAR)
    La Jolla California 92037 United States
  • Ambulatory Research Center - University of Minnesota
    Minneapolis Minnesota 55454 United States

Lead Scientist at UCSD

  • Kerri Boutelle, Ph.D.
    Professor, Pediatrics, Vc-health Sciences-schools. Authored (or co-authored) 141 research publications


in progress, not accepting new patients
Start Date
Completion Date
University of California, San Diego
Study Type
About 332 people participating
Last Updated