Cognitive behavioral therapy for weight control

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Cognitive behavioral therapy for weight control

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I want to talk a little bit about cognitive behavior therapy for weight control. Cognitive behavior therapy is the application of science, psychological science, biological science, to problems in living. It´s really all it is. And those scientific principles get translated in ways that help people change like setting goals, like solving problems, like self monitoring. These are all cognitive behavorial techniques. These are critical for effective weight control. They can sometimes be learned in self help groups, in just reading about it. But for somebody who is really struggling, seeing someone who is an expert cognitive behavior therapist will help them, will accelerate the process. So cognitive behavior therapy is a very useful component of professionally delivered weight loss services. Other therapies can be involved in a person´s life. I don´t particularly recommend them because they don´t have a sceintific basis. Freudian, psycholoanalytic therapy kind of made sense in 1930 but it doesn´t make that much sense in 2012. It really doesn´t help people change. It doesn´t help people solve the problems in their lives so I am not going to recommend that for anybody. So I recommend people follow scientifically based approaches for anything that they are trying to do with their lives.

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Daniel S. Kirschenbaum, PhD

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Daniel S. Kirschenbaum, PhD, ABPP, is the President of Wellspring. He was Director of the Eating Disorders Program at Northwestern University Medical School, where he is Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences. Dr. Kirschenbaum is a Fellow and Diplomate in Clinical Health Psychology in the American Psychological Association and former president of its Division of Exercise and Sport Psychology. Dr. Kirschenbaum has provided invited addresses at many professional conferences world-wide, received numerous grants for research, and published 10 books and 150 journal articles on weight loss, sport psychology, and related topics. His books include: the first book published for professionals on the treatment of pediatric obesity - Treatment of Childhood and Adolescent ObesityWeight Loss Through PersistenceThe Sierras Weight Loss Solution for Teens and Kids (2007); and, The Wellspring Weight Loss Plan. Dr. Kirschenbaum’s research on sport psychology won the top prize for research on the mental game of golf from the World Scientific Congress on Golf (St. Andrews, Scotland) and Golf Magazine; in 2000, the American Council on Exercise and its Board of Directors unanimously endorsed his book, The 9 Truths About Weight Loss, as "the best book ever written for the public on how to lose weight and keep it off."

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