by EBSCO Medical Review Board

Counseling and Behavioral Therapy

Individual, family, or group therapy can help a child or adult with obesity learn more about their eating habits. Stress, emotions, and unhealthy thought patterns often play a role.

Weight Loss Programs

There are many types of weight loss programs that can help a person make lifestyle changes. Some examples are:

  • Weight loss groups that meet in person
  • One-on-one weight loss counseling
  • Online programs with chat rooms and message boards


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