Causes and Effects of Obesity

Implications for Behavioral Treatment
  • Donna Romano White
  • Norman M. White
Part of the The Plenum Series in Behavioral Psychophysiology book series (SSBP)


It is often said, “You are what you eat.” One interpretation of this aphorism is that weight is determined by the amount eaten. If this were true, then the cause, and, by implication, the treatment, of obesity would be quite simple: eat less. In fact, many individuals treat themselves for obesity quite successfully using this method (Schacter, 1982). In other cases, however, obesity proves more difficult to deal with and many therapists are confronted with clients who have found it impossible to lose weight on their own.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Donna Romano White
    • 1
  • Norman M. White
    • 2
  1. 1.Centre for Research in Human DevelopmentConcordia UniversityMontrealCanada
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyMcGill UniversityMontrealCanada

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