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Psychological aspects of weight maintenance and relapse in obesity.

Abstract

Studies have shown that, among formerly obese individuals, the continued practice of the behavioural strategies adopted during weight loss is associated with the successful maintenance of a new lower weight. Much less attention has been focused on the psychological factors that motivate the continued use or abandonment of these critical weight maintenance behaviours. This paper reviews studies that have attempted to identify psychological characteristics that may be associated with weight maintenance and relapse in obesity. This is important because a better understanding of these factors may lead to the development of improved psychological treatments for obesity. The results of the studies suggest that a number psychological factors, such as having unrealistic weight goals, poor coping or problem-solving skills and low self-efficacy, may have an important effect on the behaviours involved in weight maintenance and relapse in obesity, and further research in this area is warranted.

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  • Authors+Show Affiliations

    Department of Psychiatry, University of Oxford, Warneford Hospital, Oxford OX3 7JX, UK. sbyrne@psy.uwa.edu.au

    Source

    Journal of psychosomatic research 53:5 2002 Nov pg 1029-36

    MeSH

    Adaptation, Psychological
    Goals
    Humans
    Obesity
    Problem Solving
    Recurrence
    Risk Factors
    Self Efficacy

    Pub Type(s)

    Journal Article
    Review

    Language

    eng

    PubMed ID

    12445592

    Citation

    Byrne, Susan M.. "Psychological Aspects of Weight Maintenance and Relapse in Obesity." Journal of Psychosomatic Research, vol. 53, no. 5, 2002, pp. 1029-36.
    Byrne SM. Psychological aspects of weight maintenance and relapse in obesity. J Psychosom Res. 2002;53(5):1029-36.
    Byrne, S. M. (2002). Psychological aspects of weight maintenance and relapse in obesity. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 53(5), pp. 1029-36.
    Byrne SM. Psychological Aspects of Weight Maintenance and Relapse in Obesity. J Psychosom Res. 2002;53(5):1029-36. PubMed PMID: 12445592.
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