Enhancing the Efficacy of Behavior Therapy for Obesity. Effects of Aerobic Exercise and a Multicomponent Maintenance Program

Indiana University Bloomington, Bloomington, Indiana, United States
Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology (Impact Factor: 4.85). 11/1986; 54(5):670-5. DOI: 10.1037/0022-006X.54.5.670
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This study tested whether the efficacy of behavior therapy for obesity might be improved by the programmatic additions of an aerobic exercise regimen during treatment and a multicomponent maintenance program following treatment. Moderately obese volunteers were randomly assigned to one of four conditions in a 2 × 2 factorial design. Two treatment conditions (behavior therapy or behavior therapy plus aerobic exercise) were crossed with two post-treatment conditions (no further contact or a multicomponent maintenance program). The exercise regimen consisted of 80 min per week of brisk walking or stationary cycling. The maintenance program included client-therapist contact by telephone and mail and peer self-help group meetings. At posttreatment, clients in the behavior therapy plus aerobic exercise condition lost significantly more weight than those who received behavior therapy only. Over an 18-month follow-up period, maintenance program participants demonstrated significantly better weight-loss progress than clients in the no-further-contact condition.

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