"I volunteered to review the text on publication and hope you find it as helpful as I do." (The Newsletter of the Irish Nutrition & Dietetic Institute, 1 August 2013)
"This will be useful for practitioners who are not as experienced in working with the overweight and obese population. However, even practitioners with experience can benefit from the chapters on behavioral approaches that can be used when engaging in one-on-one counseling sessions." (Doody's, 17 May 2013)
Weight Management: A Practitioner's guide
Dympna Pearson & Clare Grace
£37.99; Wiley-Blackwell 2012
ISBN: 978-1-4051-9771-7 (also available as an e-book)
This important book bridges the gap between behaviour change theory and the treatments that research has been shown to be effective. It aims to demonstrate how behavioural approaches can be embedded within practice to encourage patient empowerment and active decision-making. It's major strengths are the breadth and depth of material presented, the engaging conversational style of writing and the huge number of resources and tools included. Written by two well known and respected practitioners in the field of weight management, it benefits from their academic, clinical and training expertise. It is different from other books in this area because of the experience of the authors - this gives the book a practical element often missing from more theoretical publications.
Progression throughout the book is logical. Section 1 starts with setting the scene (obesity prevalence, causes & consequences). Healthcare professionals' attitudes towards obesity and the potential effects of these upon patients are explored and the evidence for treatment options presented. Section 2 is devoted to practical application of the evidence, and how behavioural theory can be embedded in practice. It moves sequentially through prevention, assessment, finding and implementing solutions & maintaining change. Additional sections include the use of brief contacts, evaluation of individual weight management interventions and common challenges and misconceptions. The role of the healthcare professional is clarified at every stage of the consultation, and although the authors recognise the many difficulties that exist in weight management, they suggest how to incorporate best practice within realistic constraints. Structure and clarity are emphasised throughout.
For anyone with an interest in weight management this is a great read. Written in an engaging style, it breaks complex ideas and theories into more accessible 'chunks', and concrete examples of using behavioural approaches are given throughout to illustrate how theory can be embedded into practice.
For those involved in weight management it is a must. Behaviour change is recognised as central to effective weight management and the practical applications of theory throughout are invaluable. However the authors are careful to emphasise that training is needed - reading this book will not equate to effectively facilitating behaviour change in others. Anyone who has already undertaken behaviour change training will find in this book a useful tool to help embed the training, and for those thinking of doing the training it puts the current thinking and evidence into context.
For the public health practitioner or those commissioning weight management services, this book helps to clarify and pull together evidence on what treatments and approaches have been shown to be effective, and to increase understanding of what should be included in commissioned services. The useful and comprehensive chapter on evaluation of individual weight management services gives examples of evaluation at different stages of interventions and what can be measured for each, emphasising the importance of considering evaluation from the beginning of the planning process. In addition the emphasis throughout on evidence-based practice clarifies treatments shown to be effective.
All in all this is a great addition to the published work on weight management, written by practitioners uniquely equipped to do so. It is good value for money and thoroughly recommended.
Statement on conflict of interest:
Hilda Mulrooney has served as a Committee member of domUK with both Clare Grace and Dympna Pearson, and has worked with Dympna Pearson in LNDS in the past. In addition she facilitates regularly on Behaviour Training courses run by Dympna Pearson.
From the Back Cover
Amid an alarming rise in the prevalence of obesity, there has been a similar rapid expansion in the theory and evidence base surrounding its management but limited detail on the practical application of lifestyle treatments. This exciting new book provides practitioners and those studying to become healthcare professionals with a much-needed modern guide which clearly presents the latest evidence underpinning obesity interventions and how to deliver these in practice.
Written by renowned experts Dympna Pearson and Clare Grace, the book is intended as a ready reference for those working in both acute and community settings throughout the different and demanding stages of the weight management process. It explains how effective evidence-based programmes, structured to address the key components of diet and physical activity and integrated with a behavioural approach, can achieve improved outcomes. Bringing together evidence of best practice, it considers in detail the practical application of these approaches and provides clear answers to frequently encountered challenges.
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- A practical guide to tackling weight management
- Primary focus on lifestyle interventions in adults covering diet, exercise and behavioural therapy
- Step-by-step framework of care for overweight and obese individuals