Authors: Angela Nuțu1, Ruxandra Victoria Paraschiv2, Titi Paraschiv3
1 Discipline of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, “Carol Davila” University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Bucharest, Romania
2 Discipline of Experimental Psychology, Department of Psychology and Psychotherapy, Faculty of Psychology, Titu Maiorescu University, Bucharest, Romania
3 Discipline of Psychoinformatics; Logical-analytical models of psycho-social relations, Department of Cognitive Sciences, Faculty of Psychology, Titu Maiorescu University, Bucharest, Romania
Obesity represents a growing public health issue, a phenomenon with a pandemic character.
Obesity is a chronic condition with a complex etiopathogenesis and is associated with risk factors for medical complications and comorbidities.
Given the complexity of the phenomenon of obesity, its treatment requires psychological interventions along with the standard ones (nutritional, pharmacological and surgical).
In this regard, the role of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) in the treatment of obesity and eating disorders is increasing. CBT represents an indicated method in the treatment of bulimia and a first-line intervention for obesity.
In the fight against obesity CBT is increasingly associated with Hypnosis, a combination which improves the effectiveness of the two methods.
CBT and hypnosis support the long-term emotional, cognitive and behavioral changes needed for the adoption of a healthy lifestyle.
Physical activity is an important component of a healthy lifestyle. In this respect, awareness of the preferences of the population regarding physical exercise is useful for the development of health policies and in the global fight against obesity.
Keywords: overweight, obesity, obesity pandemic, fitness, cognitive-behavioral therapy for obesity, hypnosis.