The Psychology of Weight Regulation: Eating, Exercise, and Body Image

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CE Credit: 4

Length: 240 minutes

2011 Recording.

Weight, eating, exercise avoidance, and body image concerns often emerge in the treatment of non-eating disordered patients. This INTRODUCTORY workshop will provide information so that psychologists can successfully address these issues. Epidemiology, cross-cultural prevalence, biological determinants, dieting, medical, and surgical treatments will be briefly discussed. Physical hunger, external cues, emotional, and relationship determinants of eating will be described followed by a psychological approach to weight regulation including developmental, marital, and familial variables. Research findings and case histories will illustrate these psychological methods. Methods for increasing physical activity and improving body image, regardless of weight, will be presented along with suggestions for policy initiatives to reduce the incident of obesity.

Learning Objective 1
Distinguish between genetic, physiological, and psychological determinants of weight

Learning Objective 2
Describe and give examples of psychological methods for regulating eating, increasing physical activity, and improving body image

Learning Objective 3
Describe marital, family, and cross-cultural issues affecting weight and body image

Learning Objective 4
Provide suggestions to parents concerned about their children's weight

Presenters: Edward Abramson, PhD, California State University, Chico, Chico, CA

Supplementary Materials

  • Abramson APA 8-7-11.ppt
  • APA Handouts 8-8-09
  • Exercise APA Handouts 8-8-09
  • References APA Handouts 8-8-09