Eating Disorders and Obesity: A Comprehensive Handbook

By Christopher G. Fairburn; Kelly D. Brownell | Go to book overview
Save to active project

91
Goals of Obesity Treatment

KELLY D. BROWNELL

ALBERT J. STUNKARD

Establishing the goals of treatment is the first, and in many ways, the most important aspect of the treatment of obesity. These goals consist of improvement of both health and well-being. However, the goals that obese individuals bring to treatment can range from the realistic improvement in health and risk factors to fantasies of marrying the ideal mate and living happily ever after.

Much of the treatment negotiation between the provider and the patient consists of agreeing on the goals of treatment. In some instances, the parties agree from the outset about the desirability of losing weight by modifying food intake and physical activity. The relatively simple task of treatment is then to implement a program that will produce weight loss, reduce risk factors, and improve well-being. At the other extreme are people whose goals are so unrealistic that much of treatment consists of redefining goals to render them potentially achievable. In this redefinition, provider and patient should attempt to achieve (1) shared goals; (2) clear understanding of the responsibility of each part; and (3) reasonable expectations of outcome. In the course of this collaboration, expectations may be lowered, often substantially, in terms of lesser amounts of weight loss. Expectations may also be raised in terms of increased self-esteem, improved body image, and more effective social functioning (see Chapters 70, 72, 90, and 108).


THE ULTIMATE GOAL

Losing weight is but one means by which individuals can improve health and well-being. Changes in diet and physical activity are beneficial in their own right and can improve an individual’s life independent of weight loss (see Chapters 7 and 89). Issues addressed in

-507-

Notes for this page

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
Loading One moment ...
Project items
Notes
Cite this page

Cited page

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

Cited page

Bookmark this page
Eating Disorders and Obesity: A Comprehensive Handbook
Table of contents

Table of contents

Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger
Search within

Search within this book

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

While we understand printed pages are helpful to our users, this limitation is necessary to help protect our publishers' copyrighted material and prevent its unlawful distribution. We are sorry for any inconvenience.
Full screen
/ 632

matching results for page

Cited passage

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

Cited passage

Welcome to the new Questia Reader

The Questia Reader has been updated to provide you with an even better online reading experience.  It is now 100% Responsive, which means you can read our books and articles on any sized device you wish.  All of your favorite tools like notes, highlights, and citations are still here, but the way you select text has been updated to be easier to use, especially on touchscreen devices.  Here's how:

1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
2. Click or tap the last word you want to select.

OK, got it!

Thanks for trying Questia!

Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

Already a member? Log in now.

Are you sure you want to delete this highlight?