Lecture Discussion 405 

       
Devin Vicknair PhD    


As obesity rates continue to increase, it is apparent that the behavioral aspects of obesity are accompanied by many co-occurring medical conditions that are treated in the primary care setting. While there is not one universally effective weight management intervention, there are behavioral health facets that need to be considered when treating a person that has been diagnosed as obese. Behavioral Health specialists and primary care treatment providers have a unique opportunity to address the psychological and social issues that accompany obesity, the co-occurring disorders, as well as the process of weight management. This presentation will specify critical behavioral health issues to address in order to improve the treatment of obesity in a primary care setting. We will discuss mental health diagnoses that are associated with obesity as well as treatment considerations including Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, medical weight loss and bariatrics.