Journal of Behavioral Medicine

, Volume 3, Issue 2, pp 147–161 | Cite as

Restricted environmental stimulation therapy in a weight reduction program

  • Roderick A. Borrie
  • Peter Suedfeld


Forty-eight female volunteers, between the ages of 20 and 55 years and at least 25% overweight, participated in a weight reduction program. The program factorially varied 24 hr of restricted environmental stimulation (lying on a bed in a dark, silent room) and a set of self-management messages. The combined treatment was significantly more effective than the other three conditions during a 6 month follow-up period; the mean weight loss during the first 2 months was primarily a function of the messages, while the reduced stimulation environment effect became dominant during the last 4 months of followup.

Key words

weight reduction program obesity restricted environmental stimulation therapy 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Roderick A. Borrie
    • 1
  • Peter Suedfeld
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyThe University of British ColumbiaVancouverCanada

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