Self-control program in the treatment of obesity

J Behav Ther Exp Psychiatry. 1981 Jun;12(2):163-6. doi: 10.1016/0005-7916(81)90011-2.


In a pilot study utilizing self-control techniques for the purpose of modifying the cue-reactive eating habits of obese patients, three subjects maintained a continuous weight loss throughout the first year of treatment. Techniques included goal setting, self-monitoring, brief delay and self-confrontation prior to eating unauthorized food and direct observation of oneself in a mirror when eating unauthorized food. All patients are expected to remain in treatment for the foreseeable future with no termination of the program despite apparent success with regard to control of their feeding disturbance. The rationale for this approach is discussed.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Behavior Therapy / methods*
  • Diet, Reducing / psychology
  • Energy Intake
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Obesity / psychology
  • Obesity / therapy*