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Group therapy in obesity control: results of our 8-year experience

  • Roberta Spiti
  • Paola Lanzi
  • Silvana Braggiotti
  • Donatella Noè
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Abstract

We have analysed group therapy efficacy in weight loss of obese outpatients, non responders to previous hypocaloric treatments. The results we have obtained during the last 8 years have been compared to those reported in literature, to our previous observations and to results obtained in a group of obese outpatients in traditional diet-therapy. The mean weight loss in patients followed for 6 months with group therapy was 5.5% of the initial weight (IW); 48.5% of them lost more than 5% and 13% lost more than 10% of IW. The results obtained in a traditional treated group were a little better: mean weight loss was −6.6%, 61% lost more than 5% and 22% more than 10% of IW. So, in our opinion, group therapy can be usefully applied only in selected patients (i.e. older in age/non-responders to traditional treatments), where it might have a possible role as a more cost-effective treatment.

Keywords

Obesity Group therapy 

Notes

Conflict of interest

None.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Roberta Spiti
    • 1
  • Paola Lanzi
    • 1
  • Silvana Braggiotti
    • 1
  • Donatella Noè
    • 1
  1. 1.UO Dietologia e Nutrizione ClinicaAO Ospedale San Carlo Borromeo, MilanoMilanItaly

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