The purpose of this paper is to provide a review of current approaches to the treatment of obesity and to review literature on the effectiveness of the various treatments. Chapter 1 will present methods for measuring and diagnosing obesity. Some negative effects of obesity including physical and psychological factors will be specified briefly to stress the importance of treatment. The second chapter will provide a summary of medical, tradional psychological, and behavioral treatments including the underlying assumptions of each strategy, specific techniques used, and a summary of typical research results. Chapter 3 focuses on behavioral variables and techniques used in the treatment of obesity. Although behavioral treatments have been the most successful approach to weight control, the results have demonstrated wide inter-subject variability. therefore, attempts to explain this variability and predict success in behavorial weight control programs will be reviewed. An integrative summary and conclusion will be provided emphasizied recommendations for the treatment of obesity and for future research.
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Obesity -- Psychological aspects
Milo, Karen M., "Behavioral Variables in the Treatment of Obesity" (1983). Retrospective Theses and Dissertations. 5127.