Table 2

Qualitative themes and example quotes from interviews

ThemeExample quote
Screening process
Pressure (school) wanted us to do it’
Choice (wouldn’t get weighed) in front of mates’
Stigma‘(getting weighed felt) awkward’
‘Being different’ and sensitive handling‘(being invited back was) nerve wracking’
Information and personal choice‘knew I might have to wait a while (for treatment if in waiting list control group)’
Personal investment and internal versus external factors‘talked about what I wanted to talk about (during sessions)’
Individual choice‘didn’t want mum to come (to sessions)’
Future research/treatment
Responsibility to help‘would like to do it (future studies) to make sure it could help others’
Personal choice‘prefer this kind of thing (to medication)’