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A Controlled Study of the Effects of Group Discussions and an Anorexiant in Outpatient Treatment of Obesity: With Attention to the Psychological Aspects of Dieting

Ann Intern Med. 1966;65(1):80-92. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-65-1-80
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In the last several years there has been a surge of medical interest in weight reduction because of the rapid rise in prevalence of obesity and the increased mortality rate associated with it (1-3). Past results of outpatient treatment of the overweight patient have been poor, and recently diverse group approaches to the eating problems of the obese person have been developed ranging from psychoanalytic group therapy to group education (4-7). The utilization of group treatment emanated from the recognition that overeating, the most important etiological factor in obesity, is a psychological problem—a problem often expeditiously dealt with in groups


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