Individual, family, or group therapy can help a child or adult with obesity learn more about their eating habits. Stress, emotions, and unhealthy thought patterns often play a role.
There are many types of weight loss programs that can help a person make lifestyle changes. Some examples are:
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EBSCO Medical Review Board Daniel A. Ostrovsky, MD
Last Updated: 1/9/2021