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Behavioral Therapy

Behavior management can help manage why you are overweight or obese by understanding the behaviors that surround and cause it. If you change your behaviors around food and exercise, you can change your weight. 

In addition, we will evaluate for some weight-related conditions. If we suspect that one of these conditions is contributing to your being overweight or obese, we will refer you to a specialist for additional evaluation and management.

What is involved in behavior therapy?

Our weight loss specialists may prescribe the following during a behavior management program:

  • Behavioral interventions
  • Mindfulness
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy, which may include identifying trigger foods and understanding your hunger

What can you expect?

Each person is different, but most patients find talking about their general approach to food helps them sort out what behaviors are harmful to their weight-loss efforts. For example, if you find yourself binging at movies on candy, popcorn and soda, our behavior management specialists may recommend that you bring your own snack to the movie, or that you stop going to the movies for a short period.

Trigger foods

Some patients find there are certain foods that cause them to binge or overeat. Working with our specialists, you will find creative ways to manage these trigger foods, like not bringing them into your home or avoiding them at social occasions. There are many ways to approach behavior management; you just need to find the right combination for you.

How long will this type of therapy take?

Again, each patient is different, but we do find that three to six months of behavior management therapy is very helpful to our patients who are following our other weight loss services, including nutrition and exercise physiology.


Some insurance companies will pay for a consultation by our weight management specialists. Sometimes your eligibility is based on your BMI. [Check your BMI.] Please call your insurance company to determine your eligibility for benefits coverage. Or, you may want to use your flexible spending account (FSA), which typically covers these kinds of services.

Endoscopic weight loss

If you are considering a weight loss program, you may want to learn about the Johns Hopkins Concierge Endoscopic Weight Loss Program, a novel approach to weight loss that combines a unique endoscopic procedure with an exercise and nutrition package.