Benefits of behavioral therapy

Successful behavioral therapy sessions between health care professionals and patients can generate beneficial results, such as: 

  • Gradual and sustainable changes: behavior change can be an overwhelming and often time-consuming process. Behavioral therapy promotes a gradual process to build sustainable change1
  • Increased capacity for self-control: behavioral therapy allows patients to come to their own realizations about the stimulus-response relationships in their lives that are enabling certain behaviors2
  • Results: research has shown that comprehensive lifestyle modification, which includes diet, physical activity, and behavioral therapy, induces weight loss of approximately 10% of the patient’s starting weight in 16 to 26 weeks of treatment3


 

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Reference:

  1. Kushner R, Lawrence V, Kumar S. Practical Manual of Clinical Obesity. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell;2013.
  2. Adachi Y. Behavior therapy for obesity. JMAJ. 2005;48(11):539-544.
  3. Sarwer DB, von Sydow Green A, Vetter ML, Wadden TA. Behavior therapy for obesity: where are we now? Curr Opin Endocrinol Diabetes Obes. 2009;16(5):347-352.