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Helping Your Patients Become More Active: Overcoming the Barriers to Exercising

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Presented by Presented by Edward Abramson, PhD

Physical activity has demonstrable benefits for medical and psychological well-being and it’s critical for successful weight loss maintenance. Despite these benefits, many weight loss patients remain sedentary and resist recommendations to become more active. This webinar will offer suggestions for overcoming patient objections, increasing their motivation to become more active, and offer sample activities for habitually sedentary patients.

Learning Objectives:


  • Identify the medical and psychological benefits of physical activity and the role of exercise in weight loss maintenance
  • Describe helpful responses to your weight loss patient’s objections to exercise
  • Briefly discuss methods for increasing patient motivation to exercise


Edward Abramson, PhD, is a clinical psychologist, professor emeritus, and former director of a hospital eating disorders center. He’s authored six books, including Emotional Eating: What You Need to Know Before Starting Your Next Diet and It’s NOT Just Baby Fat!: 10 Steps to Help Your Child to a Healthy Weight. He writes a blog for Psychology Today, and has appeared on dozens of television and radio programs, including 20/20. Dr. Abramson is routinely quoted in publications, including the New York Times and O, The Oprah Magazine. He has lectured widely throughout the U.S., Canada, and Europe. A formerly overweight young adult, he has transformed himself into a regular gym member.

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