University of Lynchburg DMSc Doctoral Project Assignment Repository

University of Lynchburg DMSc Doctoral Project Assignment Repository


Family Medicine


Dr. Divya Shenoy



Objective: A review of the effectiveness of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for the clinical treatment of obesity.

Method: A PubMed, Medline, and PsychNet literature search for the terms “obesity,” “cognitive behavioral therapy,” and “behavioral therapy” returned over 1,000 articles. Eleven of these studies were selected and are the basis for this clinical review.

Results: The literature findings concurred with CBT being an effective treatment option to manage obesity. This effect could be enhanced if coupled with other treatment modalities. CBT as a treatment for obesity is an intervention to initiate change and promote healthy living and eating habits with cognitive-behavioral strategies to reinforce weight management behaviors.

Conclusion: Obesity’s prevalence, healthcare costs, associated chronic medical problems, and associated mental illness make it worthy of immediate attention. Researchers are working to find an effective long-term treatment. CBT offers promising effects on behavior change and effective obesity treatment. However, more research is required to determine what type of CBT and duration are needed to cause permanent behavior change.


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