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Psychiatr Clin North Am. 2011 Dec;34(4):841-59. doi: 10.1016/j.psc.2011.08.006.

Behavioral treatment of obesity.

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  • 1Department of Psychology, Drexel University, 245 North 15th Street, MS 626, Philadelphia, PA 19102, USA.


This review has shown that behavioral treatment is effective in inducing a 10% weight loss, which is sufficient to significantly improve health. Weight loss maintenance is challenging for most patients. Long-term outcomes have the potential to be improved through various methods including prolonging contact between patients and providers (either in the clinic or via Internet or telephone), facilitating high amounts of physical activity, or combining lifestyle modification with pharmacotherapy. Innovative programs also are being developed to disseminate behavioral approaches beyond traditional academic settings.

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