Behavioral treatment of obesity: Results and limitations

John P. Foreyt, Robert E. Mitchell, Denise T. Garner, Molly Gee, Lynne W. Scott, Antonio Gotto

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Results of a large behavioral weight control program suggest that patients lose modest amounts of weight during treatment and maintain these losses for at least 1 year. One hundred forty-three males lost an average of 6.77 kg during treatment and 7.63 kg at 1-year follow-up; 447 females lost an average of 4.27 kg and 5.24 kg during treatment and follow-up, respectively. By follow-up, 4.7% of these patients had achieved their goal weight. Behavior modification, as it is presently taught, is effective for many mildly to moderately obese patients. It is less effective with heavier patients. Research is needed to develop procedures for helping patients achieve goal body weights.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)153-161
Number of pages9
JournalBehavior Therapy
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 1982

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology


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