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Talking therapies for obesity.

24/11/2012 | By Sharmila Chauhan
The Capio Nightingale Hospital, has launched the UK’s first dedicated obesity service that will use a pioneering programme of psychological treatment to help people who are finding it difficult to lose weight.

This is the first treatment of its kind. Unlike other treatments it will work to address the root causes of obesity, rather than just the physical issue.
In the UK, obesity is a growing problem. It has been speculated that by 2030 half of all UK men and 40% of women could be obese. Obesity is not just a cosmetic issue, it can lead to increased risks for diseases such as cardiovascular issues, strokes, hypertension, liver disease, sleep apnoea and osteoarthritis and diabetes. Already the number of obese patients requiring hospital treatment has increased from 1,800 to 9,000 over the last five years. This is thought to create an estimated £1.9-2 billion a year in medical costs.

Dr Bijal Chheda Varma, (joint-lead of the Capio Nightingale Hospital Obesity Service therapy team) said: “The UK is at risk of entering an obesity crisis, with patient numbers soaring. We appreciate that bariatric surgery has an important role to play, however by addressing the underlying psychological triggers for overeating, our carefully tailored programme of therapy offers a more sustainable, cost-efficient and non-invasive solution.”

A sustainable and long term solution

Many people try to loose weight through diet and exercise however, even those who opt for drastic bariatric surgery are likely to ‘relapse’. Rather than purely ‘fixing’ the physical issue, this new talking therapy looks at addressing underlying psychological triggers to help to create a long-term solution.
The Obesity Service has been developed by the hospital’s multi-disciplinary team of clinical psychologists, psychotherapists, dieticians and consultant psychiatrists. The programme of treatment is the only British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) fully-accredited private hospital in the UK.

How will it work?

Using counselling the program will work to help people to identify, express and process their emotional responses and to distinguish them from any physical urges.

It will also look at issues around body image and negative thought patterns, emphasising the importance of self-care and the value of our relationship with food.

Individualised therapies will include:
  •  Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • attachment therapy
  • Interpersonal Therapy (IPT)
  • Psychodynamic therapy
Treatment will also include working with a dietician and personal trainer to help turn learning into practical steps.
“We believe that the launch of the new Obesity Service at Capio Nightingale Hospital, with its pioneering programme of therapy, will prove a valuable tool in tackling one of our nation’s greatest health challenges” said Dr Eric Johnson Sabine, Clinical Lead, Obesity Service at Capio Nightingale Hospital.
The service opens this month and the price for a year’s course of treatment starts from £4,000. Click here for more information.