Enhancing the efficacy of behavior therapy for obesity: effects of aerobic exercise and a multicomponent maintenance program

Perri, M. G., McAdoo, W. G., McAllister, D. A. , Lauer, J. B. and Yancey, D. Z. (1986) Enhancing the efficacy of behavior therapy for obesity: effects of aerobic exercise and a multicomponent maintenance program. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 54(5), pp. 670-675. (PMID:3771884)

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Abstract

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. 14 male and 76 female obese 22–60 yr olds were randomly assigned to 2 treatment conditions (behavior therapy or behavior therapy plus aerobic exercise) and 2 posttreatment conditions (no further contact or a multicomponent maintenance program). The exercise regimen consisted of 80 min/week of brisk walking or stationary cycling. The maintenance program included therapist contact by telephone and mail and peer self-help group meetings. At posttreatment, Ss in the behavior therapy plus aerobic exercise condition lost significantly more weight than those who received behavior therapy only. Over an 18-mo follow-up period, maintenance program participants demonstrated significantly better weight-loss progress than Ss in the no-further-contact condition.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:McAllister, Dr David
Authors: Perri, M. G., McAdoo, W. G., McAllister, D. A., Lauer, J. B., and Yancey, D. Z.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > Public Health
Journal Name:Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology
Publisher:American Psychological Association
ISSN:0022-006X
ISSN (Online):1939-2117

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