Clinical Assessment of Lifestyle and Behavioral Factors During Weight Loss Treatment

  • David B. SarwerEmail author
  • Kelly C. Allison
  • Rebecca J. Dilks


This chapter provides an overview of the clinical assessment of lifestyle and behavioral factors in people who present for weight loss treatment. We focus on the clinical evaluation of patients through direction questioning during an in-person evaluation. This includes detailed questions about eating and activity behaviors and their specific contributions to the development of obesity. In addition, these questions assess a number of relevant psychosocial domains, such as mood and self-esteem, which can contribute to the development of obesity as well as successful treatment. These questions can be augmented with psychometrically validated instruments that can be completed in advance of this evaluation to assess specific domains or relevance and interest. Assessment of these factors will allow the practitioner to tailor the treatment approach to the specific needs of a given patient.


Obesity Overweight Weight loss Weight management Lifestyle Behavioral Assessment Eating behavior Physical activity Psychosocial status 

Beck Anxiety Index


Binge eating disorder


Beck Depression Inventory-II


Bulimia nervosa


Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition


Eating disorder examination


Electronic medical record


Hamilton Depression Rating Scale


Health-related quality of life


Impact of weight on quality of life


Night eating syndrome


Polycystic ovary syndrome


Questionnaire on Eating and Weight Patterns-Revised


Sugar sweetened beverages


State-Trait Anxiety Index


Weight and Lifestyle Inventory


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Authors and Affiliations

  • David B. Sarwer
    • 1
    Email author
  • Kelly C. Allison
    • 1
  • Rebecca J. Dilks
    • 2
  1. 1.Center for Weight and Eating Disorders and Stunkard Weight Management Program, Perelman School of MedicineUniversity of PennsylvaniaPhiladelphiaUSA
  2. 2.Center for Weight and Eating Disorders, Perelman School of MedicineUniversity of PennsylvaniaPhiladelphiaUSA

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