Problems of Eating and Weight Management
For individuals in the U.S. & U.S. territories
In Problems of Eating and Weight Management, Dr. G. Terence Wilson demonstrates his approach to working with clients who are having trouble with binge eating and weight control. This problem occurs frequently, primarily among women, and has at its root various negative self-beliefs about the body that are exacerbated by the client's practice of binge eating. Dr. Wilson uses cognitive–behavioral therapy to help the client replace binge eating with more healthy eating habits, first by working with the client to stop current unhealthy behavior and become aware of the triggers for binge eating, and then by addressing dysfunctional thoughts and attitudes about body shape and weight.
In this session, Dr. Wilson works with a client who is obese and meets the criteria for binge eating disorder. Dr. Wilson teaches the concept of self-monitoring to help the client become aware of how and when she binges so she can begin to identify the antecedents and consequences that precede and perpetuate this behavior.
G. Terence Wilson, PhD, received his bachelor of arts and bachelor of arts honours degrees from Witwatersrand University in Johannesburg, South Africa, and his PhD from the State University of New York at Stony Brook in 1971. He is currently the Oscar K. Buros Professor of Psychology, director of clinical training, and director of the Eating Disorders Clinic at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey.
He has coauthored and edited several books, including Binge Eating: Nature, Assessment, and Treatment (with Chris Fairburn, MD) and Evaluation of Behavior Therapy: Issues, Evidence, and Research Strategies (with Alan Kazdin, PhD); published numerous scientific articles; and is the editor of Behaviour Research and Therapy, the leading international journal on cognitive–behavioral therapy.
A former president of the Association for Advancement of Behavior Therapy (1980–81), he has received several honors and awards for distinguished contributions to clinical psychology, including the 1994 American Psychological Association Division 12 (Clinical Psychology) Distinguished Scientific Contributions to Clinical Psychology Award. He was twice a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University in Stanford, California (1976–1977 and 1990–1991).
He has long been actively involved in funded clinical research on the evaluation of behavioral and cognitive therapies, and the analysis of mechanisms of change. Among numerous other professional activities, he was a member of the American Psychiatric Association's Work Group for Eating Disorders in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual–IV, and a member of the National Institutes of Health National Task Force on the Prevention and Treatment of Obesity (1995–2002). Many of his former doctoral students have gone on to achieve national distinction in the field of clinical psychology.
- Fairburn, C. G. (1995). Overcoming binge eating. New York: Guilford Press.
- Fairburn, C. G., Marcus, M. D., & Wilson, G. T. (1993). Cognitive–behaviour therapy for binge eating and bulimia nervosa: A comprehensive treatment manual. In C. G. Fairburn & G. T. Wilson (Eds.), Binge eating: Nature, assessment and treatment (pp. 361–404). New York: Guilford Press.
- Fairburn, C. G., Cooper, Z., & Shafran, R. (2003). Cognitive–behaviour therapy for eating disorders: A transdiagnostic theory and treatment. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 41, 509–520.
- Wilson, G. T., & Shafran, R. (2005). Eating disorders guidelines from NICE. The Lancet, 365, 79–81.
- Vitousek, K., Watson, S., & Wilson, G. T. (1998). Enhancing motivation for change in treatment-resistant eating disorders. Clinical Psychology Review, 18, 391–420.
- Wilson, G. T., Fairburn, C. G., & Agras, W. S. (1997). Cognitive–behavioral therapy for bulimia nervosa. In D. M. Garner & P. Garfinkel (Eds.), Handbook of treatment for eating disorders (pp. 67–93). New York: Guilford Press.
- Wilson, G. T. (2004). Acceptance and change in the treatment of eating disorders: The evolution of manual-based cognitive–behavioral therapy (CBT). In S. C. Hayes, V. M. Follette, & M. Linehan, (Eds.), Acceptance, mindfulness, and behavior change. New York: Guilford Press.
- Wilson, G. T. (2005). Psychological treatment of eating disorders. In S. Nolen-Hoeksema (Ed.), Annual review of clinical psychology, Vol. 1. Palo Alto: Annual Reviews Inc.
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