ERIC Number: ED195921
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: 0
Counseling Overweight People.
Voogt, Robert D.
Obesity is one of the most prevalent health concerns currently facing industrialized nations. Psychological, social and emotional problems result from excess weight, and those who fail in their weight-loss efforts become extremely depressed. The obsession to be thin, particularly in the United States, is a boon to weight-control programs, both legitimate and fraudulent. Counselors can have a positive and reinforcing role in weight-reduction programs which combine general group support with behavior modification techniques. This monograph includes: (1) strategies counselors can use with clients; (2) self-management techniques to be practiced by individuals; (3) problems with various age groups and special populations; and (4) dieting "myths" and problems associated with both failure and success in losing weight. Dieting tips are provided and appendices include usable charts and records, a food exchange diet and an extensive list of food exchanges. Schools and community agencies are suggested as ideal locations for structured weight-control programs. (Author/KMF)
Descriptors: Behavior Modification, Community Programs, Counseling Services, Counselor Client Relationship, Counselor Role, Dietetics, Eating Habits, Health Education, Health Needs, Individual Development, Models, Obesity, Program Descriptions, Self Help Programs
ERIC Counseling and Personnel Services Clearinghouse, 2108 School of Education, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 48109 ($6.00)
Publication Type: Reports - General; Reports - Descriptive; ERIC Publications
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Counseling and Personnel Services, Ann Arbor, MI.