Managing the Pandemic of Obesity: Siding with the Fox or the Hedgehog?Myslobodsky M.a,b · Ingraham L.J.c
a Howard University Graduate School, Washington, b Clinical Brain Disorders Branch, NIMH/National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, c Professional Psychology Program, George Washington University, Washington, USA
Loring J. Ingraham, Ph.D., Professional Psychology Program, George Washington University, 1922 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20052, USA, Tel. +1 202 49662-68, Fax -63, firstname.lastname@example.org
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Obesity is a major public health problem of pandemic proportion. Despite its high prevalence and widespread distribution (consistent with a common underlying etiology), clinical psychologists and primary care physicians routinely approach the problem with individualized but often ineffective treatments like psychotherapy and pharmacotherapy, or propose alterations to specific components of the ‘toxic environment’, cultural influences, and psychosocial factors purported to cause overeating. This paper presents an alternative perspective and proposes a potential framework for assisting health professionals in developing rational approaches to education about and preventive treatment of obesity based on the role of factors in early life that contribute to personality and behavior and which over time lead to obesity and its maintenance.
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