Behavioral treatment of obesity

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


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.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Anti-Obesity Agents / therapeutic use
  • Behavior Therapy / methods*
  • Combined Modality Therapy / methods
  • Feeding Behavior / physiology
  • Feeding Behavior / psychology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Life Style
  • Motor Activity
  • Obesity / therapy*
  • Randomized Controlled Trials as Topic
  • Secondary Prevention
  • Telemedicine
  • Therapy, Computer-Assisted
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Weight Loss / physiology
  • Weight Reduction Programs / methods*


  • Anti-Obesity Agents