Weight control support groups for teens

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Weight control support groups for teens

Support groups can be an effective weight losing tool for adults and for teenagers. They are not oriented for children. There is only one provider right now, nationally, of support groups for teens, and that is Well Spring Journey. So they will go online and find out about it. It's a small group of people, ten at the most, getting together and talking about what they are doing. They are looking at their self-monitoring journals and keeping track of eating and activities, solving the problems they encounter, and setting new goal each week. So it's a very effective therapy. It's not as powerful as a Well Springs Emersion Therapy or a camp or a boarding school, but it can be very effective. It can really be useful after an emersion program when someone is really intensely focused on this. For some people, that's all they need. They can get together, learn new principles, apply them, get real focused, and do great things.
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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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