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Other Treatments for Obesity
by Ricker Polsdorfer, MD
Counseling and Behavioral Therapy
Consider counseling or behavioral therapy if you feel that stress or emotions play a role in your eating habits. Obesity is often associated with unhelpful thought patterns related to your social image and frustration with attempts to lose weight. Often these thoughts can be a barrier to success. By working with a therapist, you can learn to understand:
Therapy may help improve adult short-term weight loss. Therapy can also be beneficial for children and teens who are obese. Children who are trying to lose weight may get the most benefit from group therapy that focuses on diet and behavior changes.
Counseling can also help you manage stress and cope with any negative feeling you may have.
Weight Loss Programs
Weight loss programs are available in a number of different formats. Some provide only group support. Others provide one-on-one counseling along with meal replacements. Programs are also available online, where you can join a chat room or add your comments to a message board. No matter which format, many people find that getting support is helpful.
Seek help or encouragement from your friends, family, and health care provider.
Consider joining a support group.
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Last reviewed February 2017 by Michael Woods, MD, FAAP
Last Updated: 2/23/2017
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