Cognitive-behavioural guided self-help for obesity: a preliminary research

Eat Weight Disord. 2004 Mar;9(1):69-76. doi: 10.1007/BF03325048.


This study examined the effectiveness of the manual for obesity Perdere peso senza perdere la testa (Losing weight without losing your mind) used in form of guided self-help on 161 patients. Three levels of treatments were compared: (a) guided self-help treatment (GSH); (b) minimal guided self-help treatment (M-GSH); (c) control condition (CC). At the end of the treatment, a significant reduction in body weight was observed in GSH and M-GSH, but not in the CC. At six-month follow-up 32.7% of GSH subjects and 15.1% of M-GSH subjects were able to maintain at least a 5% weight loss. The findings show that GSH is more effective than M-GSH in determining a significant short-term reduction of body weight.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Multicenter Study
  • Randomized Controlled Trial

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy / methods*
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Obesity / therapy*
  • Self-Help Groups*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires