Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Some see psychosocial barriers to weight loss.(Psychosomatic Medicine)

SEATTLE--Money and time are the leading barriers to seeking weight-loss treatment among overweight and obese adults, but stigma and a belief that one is too heavy for treatment become more influential barriers as people get heavier.

Little is known from the literature about patterns of treatment seeking for obesity over time, Anna C. Ciao said at an international conference sponsored by the Academy for Eating Disorders. She also said little is known about barriers that might prevent treatment seeking from taking place.

An anonymous online survey offered to overweight or obese men and women aged 18 years or older addressed some of these issues, according to Ms. Ciao, a ... Read more

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