Behavioral medicine in obesity

Psychosocial issues are relevant to the development and maintenance of obesity and its accompanying health problems. They represent essential starting points for treatment and prevention.

Research in behavioral medicine explores psychosocial factors of obesity such as uncontrolled eating behavior, psychopathology, and weight stigma in adults, children, and adolescents. Behavioral medicine applies behavioral methods as a way of examining medical problems.

A significant focus of behavioral medicine is the development and evaluation of new interventions, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy, to treat and prevent obesity and associated disorders in adults, children, and adolescents. The treatment methods found to be efficacious are directly integrated into the treatment of obese patients in the IFB Outpatient Unit.

The overarching goal is to contribute to better long-term weight management as well as the physical and mental health of people with obesity and related disorders through the investigation of psychosocial foundations and interventions. The results of behavioral medicine research are imparted to medical students through, for example, an anti-stigma curriculum. The IFB research area of behavioral medicine is led by Prof. Dr. Anja Hilbert.