Current treatment of obesity: a behavioral medicine perspective.

V. Pera, M. M. Clark, David Abrams

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Obesity is a complex biopsychosocial phenomenon. It has a profound effect on patients' physical and psychological health. Due to the complexity of the problem and the recidivism following treatment, it is recommended that obese patients receive in-depth interdisciplinary evaluation to match them appropriately to comprehensive treatment. Participation in an interdisciplinary comprehensive active weight loss treatment program followed by participation in a professionally led biweekly behavioral maintenance program that included social influence and aerobic exercise has generated maintenance of 83% of initial weight loss at an 18-month follow up. This comprehensive multi-disciplinary treatment approach, best offered in a behavioral medicine center setting, represents state-of-the-art treatment at this time and can result in long-term medical and psychological benefits for the obese patient.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)477-481
Number of pages5
JournalRhode Island medicine
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 1992

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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