Counseling strategies for obese patients

Matthew M Clark, R. W. Thebarge, V. Pera, B. J. Guise, M. G. Goldstein

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Counseling strategies usually assume that an individual is ready to change; however this assumption is probably not true for many obese individuals seeking medical care. Since individuals progress through a series of stages of change, some may not yet be ready to change. The transtheoretical model of behavior change proposes that individuals move through stages of change: precontemplation, contemplation, preparation, action, and maintenance. This model has been successfully applied to a range of addictive behaviors. The application of the transtheoretical model of behavior change to obesity treatment holds promise because interventions that match treatment strategies to an individual's stage of change may be more effective than current treatments. This article reviews the potential benefits of using the transtheoretical model for weight management in the primary care setting. Medical Subject Headings (MeSH): obesity, counseling, behavior.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)266-270
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican Journal of Preventive Medicine
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1996
Externally publishedYes


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  • Medicine(all)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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Clark, M. M., Thebarge, R. W., Pera, V., Guise, B. J., & Goldstein, M. G. (1996). Counseling strategies for obese patients. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 12(4), 266-270.