Behavioral Approaches to Obesity Treatment


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Start Date

1 Sep 2023

Last Review Date

31 Jan 2024

Expiration Date

31 Aug 2026

Estimated Time To Finish

60 Minutes

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Activity Description

Obesity is a complex condition that is influenced by various factors such as genetics, behavior, and environment rather than just diet or exercise choices. The condition shares some features with other maladaptive behaviors, and medical management is recommended. In general, clinicians employ lifestyle recommendations as a first step, followed by medication use, followed by options for invasive methods such as surgery. Within non-surgical approaches, behavioral interventions are preferred to initially assessing how best to proceed. Successful behavioral approaches to treat obesity are based on counseling tools used in psychotherapy for conditions like smoking and alcohol abuse. Although research on behavioral approaches to maintaining weight loss is underway, the therapeutic goal is to move towards a patient-centered approach to treat this growing epidemic. This activity reviews the use of behavioral approaches in treating obesity and emphasizes the role of the interprofessional team in improving care for persons with obesity.

Target Audience

This activity has been designed to meet the educational needs of physicians, physician associates, nurses, pharmacists, nurse practitioners, and social workers.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, the learner will be better able to:

  • Determine the principles of behavioral approaches to obesity management, including motivational interviewing.

  • Identify the goals and principles of motivational interviewing in a patient encounter, creating ambivalence, eliciting change talk, summarizing, and planning.

  • Evaluate the clinical significance of cognitive-behavioral therapy and its efficacy in treating common eating disorders associated with obesity.

  • Implement collaboration among the interprofessional team to enhance care coordination for persons with obesity.


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