How do you engage the obese patient?
The solution for behavior change is small group led by an expert for 8 to 12 weeks says, HealthMaker Philip Hagen, MD. In this video the medical director of Mayo Clinic EmbodyHealth talks about engaging people regularly to create healthy reflexes.
Part of the secret is engaging people regularly so that they do develop these reactions, these reflexes that are healthy reflexes.
For behavior change, or for breaking habits, or for building good habits, or for learning healthy habits,
the solution is usually a small group, not one on one in a physician-patient kind of setting,
or even one on one like a physician and a dietician setting. It's really some knowledgeable person
coordinating a group of people. We found a dozen people is about the right number for that sort of thing so people can look each other in the eye
and talk to each other and kind of engage with each other. But it takes about 8 to 12 weeks. So most of the behavior change programs that we have,
whether it's exercise, or nutrition, or weight loss, or stress reduction, or healthy sleep,
those all tend to be 6- to 12-week programs, and typically 8- to 12-week programs. So that's part of the secret.
Part of the secret is engaging people regularly so they do develop these reactions, these reflexes
that are healthy reflexes. [MUSIC PLAYING]
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