Value based living : encouraging healthy behaviour change in overweight and obese adults

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Boughtin, Brittany
University of Lethbridge. Faculty of Education
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Lethbridge, Alta. : University of Lethbridge, Faculty of Education
Obesity has reached epidemic status in Canada and many Westernized countries, as well as having impacts in third world countries for the first time in history. Adults who carry excess weight are at increased risk for a variety of physical and mental health risks. Interventions that target prevention of further weight gain have become increasingly popular, yet many participants do not learn skills to manage their weight and healthy lifestyle long term. As a result, individuals in weight management programs often lose motivation or fail to see the results they desire, which leads to high attrition rates and weight re-gain post program. This project will explore the impact of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) with a special focus on Mindfulness Techniques. The project will also develop an 8-week program manual that can be used as a presentation tool in assisting willing individuals to take control over their health and learn to make positive choices based on their values and core beliefs.
obesity , weight gain , weight loss , weight management , mindfulness , Acceptance and Commitment Therapy , ACT , adult obesity , self-efficacy , physical activity , health behaviours , Obesity -- Treatment -- Handbooks, manuals, etc. , Obesity -- Psychological aspects , Weight loss -- Psychological aspects , Overweight persons -- Counseling of , Acceptance and commitment therapy , Behavior modification , Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy , Group psychotherapy -- Handbooks, manuals, etc.