Why WAIT? Preliminary evaluation of the weight assistance and intervention techniques (WAIT) group

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Psychol Health Med


Individuals who attempt to lose weight may struggle because they lack skills to address problematic eating behaviors. There are multiple programs that have taught patients some of these behavioral strategies; however, it is not clear which strategies patients find to be the most useful. The purpose of this study was to examine preliminary outcomes after completion of a six-week integrative group for weight management. Retrospective chart reviews were conducted of 51 patients who completed an integrative, psychological weight management group. Patients were mailed surveys 1-2 years after completion of the group assessing for current problematic eating behaviors (i.e. emotional eating and food addiction), satisfaction with treatment, and skills they continue to use. The majority of patients lost weight, were satisfied with the group, found the group to be helpful, and felt confident they could maintain behavior changes. The strategies patients most commonly continued to use post-group included mindful eating, keeping a food diary, carrying out an exercise plan, regular weigh-ins, and planning for social eating. The number of food addiction symptoms decreased from pre- to post-group. An integrative psychological weight management group may provide patients with skills and confidence to assist with managing problematic eating behaviors and weight loss.

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ePub ahead of print