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J R Coll Gen Pract. 1980 January; 30(210): 41-44, 46-48.
PMCID: PMC2159390

Running a weight control group: experiences of a psychologist and a general practitioner


A weight control group is described, led jointly by a general practitioner and a clinical psychologist. Approaches employed included dietary advice, behavioural advice, and group support. Of the original 16 members (including one group leader), seven dropped out at an early stage and the reasons for this are discussed. All members were re-weighed at intervals up to 18 months after the beginning of the six-month intensive period. They were also interviewed by a psychological research worker a year after the start of the group. The results suggest that a combined dietetic and psychological approach to weight control is of value.

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