Effectiveness of Counselling on Diet Quality and Physical Activity with Cognitive Counselling for Overweight and Obese Women-A Randomized Clinical Trial

Written by Fatemeh Doran, Mahmonir Haghighi, Rasoul Zarrin on . Posted in Volume XXV, Nr 3


Fatemeh Doran1, Mahmonir Haghighi2, Rasoul Zarrin1*

1 Nutrition Department, School of Medicine, Urmia University of Medical Sciences, Nazlou Pardis, Urmia, Iran
2 Psychiatry Department, School of Medicine, Urmia University of Medical Sciences, Nazlou Pardis, Urmia, Iran


Various treatments for obesity exist that actually work, however, a great deal of them face the issue of weight regain. Hence, there is this desire to focus on health measures that can be predictors of weight maintenance. This study explores whether four sessions of group-based cognitive counselling can lead to superior results compared to counselling on diet and physical activity only, in terms of eating behavior, calorie intake, diet quality, weight, and physical activity. We conducted a randomized trial for this purpose. Our findings suggest that a short intervention of cognitive counselling can lead to improved emotional eating and uncontrolled eating. Both conditions showed significant improvement in diet quality, cognitive restraint on eating, weight, BMI, calorie intake, and physical activity, while between group differences remained non-significant. Further studies are needed to assess the impact of brief cognitive counselling on measures of weight maintenance in long term.

Keywords: eating behavior, emotional eating, cognition, obesity, uncontrolled eating



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