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EP09 Invited Address 03 – Overweight and Obesity: State of the Art Research-Based Treatment – Judith Beck, PhD

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Invited Addresses |  Eating Disorders |  Research |  Psychotherapy |  Weight Loss
Evolution of Psychotherapy |  Evolution of Psychotherapy 2009
Judith Beck, PhD
58 Minutes
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Original Program Date:
Dec 11, 2009
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Millions of Americans are overweight or obese. Medication and psychotherapy may result in modest weight loss but nearly all regain weight within five years. The missing ingredient for successful treatment is cognition. To make permanent changes in their eating behavior, and thus their weight, individuals must learn how to change their dysfunctional ideas about food,eating, other people, themselves, and learn how to cope with a sense of unfairness, deprivation, disappointment and dis-couragement. Cognitive behavioral approaches have been demonstrated to be effective for this problem.

Educational Objectives:

  1. To identify dysfunctional cognitions underlying poor eating habits.
  2. To list two ways to help clients respond effectively when psychological issues that interfere with weight loss arise.

*Sessions may be edited for content and to preserve confidentiality*



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Judith S. Beck, Ph.D., is President of Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy in Philadelphia, a non-profit organization that provides a variety of training programs to health and mental health professionals worldwide, and a Clinical Professor at the University of Pennsylvania. She received her doctoral degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1982. She has authored over 100 chapters and articles and several books, including Cognitive Behavior Therapy: Basics and Beyond, which has been translated into over 20 languages, Cognitive Therapy for Challenging Problems, and books for consumers on a CBT approach to weight loss and maintenance. She divides her time among teaching, clinical work, supervision, administration, program development and consultation, and writing.