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Nowadays, obesity is considered one of the major health problems of modern societies, becoming a matter of public health

It is a problem that has been growing year after year, becoming even more difficult to fight since its causes became closely intertwined (social and environmental context, government policies).

As so, there is no simple, single or clear explanation for being overweight, which implies that the majority of overweight people constantly try new solutions without great results and, especially, without lasting results.

Oficina de Psicologia has been developing several efforts to address this concern, at levels of prevention and intervention.

how to approach overweight in an effective manner?

In a psychological evaluation, the fist step in an intervention is to collect all the relevant information in order to understand the history of the development of the overweight or obesity problem. The predisposing and maintenance factors are identified, which are handed to the patient in the form of a comprehensive evaluation of his/her problem, which subsequently leads to a therapeutic plan. The common targets of such intervention are: sleep, emotional regulation, conscious eating, control of food impulses, ability to identify and satisfy emotional needs, definition of routines and priorities and the incorporation of physical exercise. 

The intervention can be conducted individually or in group, resorting to some less common solutions:

  • Therapeutic Intervention of Food Behavior based on a DBT approach (Dialectical Behavior Therapy)
  • Gastric Hipno Band (a gastric band virtually “placed" to deceive your subconscious)
  • Specific mindfulness programms (a way of focusing the attention which allows, among other things, to sustain the need to act before a food impulse)
  • Intervention of biofeedback instruments and neurotherapy

Obviously, psychotherapeutic intervention is combined with medical diagnosis, design of a food regimen and a physical activity plan according to your needs and life style, as well as treatment of any psychological change that may occur, that may establish itself as cause or consequence of being overweight. 

If you would like to learn more information about Overweight treatments in Portugal, contact us through email, by calling +351 220 973 751, +351 211 379 718, +351 911 046 197, or by filling out our form. You can also contact us through our free call service to your right.

The real dimension of Obesity
  • Worldwide obesity practically doubled since 1980
  • In 2008, over 1.4 billion adults, aged 20 or more, were overweight. Among those, almost 200 million men and practically 300 million women were obese
  • 65% of the world's population lives in countries where being overweight and obesity kill more than malnutrition does
  • Overweightness and obesity represent the 5th highest death risk worldwide.  At least 2.8 million adults die every year as a result of being overweight or obese.  Additionally, its major burden is diabetes, representing 44%, 23% for ischemic heart disease and between 7 to 41% for certain cancers, all related to overweightness and obesity
  • Over 40 million children under 5 years old were overweight in 2011.
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