Overgeneralization from limited data: A commentary on Cooper et al., 2010

Behav Res Ther. 2010 Aug;48(8):714-6. doi: 10.1016/j.brat.2010.05.016.


This article comments on a recent paper by Cooper et al. in BRAT. Its main purpose is to comment on the provocative conclusion in the paper that behavioral research on weight loss maintenance should be abandoned. We disagree, arguing that the authors over generalize from their research, under crediting past behavioral weight loss research for its accomplishments, which are considerable. We briefly outline areas we believe remain exciting new research directions in this field.

Publication types

  • Comment
  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Behavior Therapy / methods
  • Behavioral Research / methods*
  • Humans
  • Obesity / therapy*
  • Randomized Controlled Trials as Topic