Traditional Methods of Counseling vs. Modern

Some people are so used to dieting that they have already mastered their body’s response to weight loss programs. They are already aware of how their body would react if they resort to a particular type of diet regimen. They know the peak of their appetite as well as their trigger foods. But not everybody is that fortunate. There are those who have to struggle with poor self image and a low self-esteem simply because they cannot shed the extra pounds that they have on.

People who are obese continue to battle with themselves everyday because of their lack of self-acceptance. Oftentimes, these people get help from their friends and families. But in severe cases, some have to get aid from counselors in order to fight depression.

Counseling is a good way of altering the mindset of a certain individual so that he or she may have a more positive outlook in the different aspects of life. Traditionally, counseling involves a personal one-on-one exchange between a counselor and the problematic individual.

Over the years, this personal exchange has healed emotional rifts between and amongst people, to the extent that it has become one of the most trusted means to give aid to confused and problematic people.

To keep up with the changing times, counseling has also been made available through the phone and the internet. Unsurprisingly, these two options for seeking therapy is said to have garnered more positive results that that of the personal exchange therapy. Particularly so where counseling for weight management in overweight individuals are concerned. This is based on a Dutch study published in the BMC Public Health.

The study compared the three means of counseling in approximately 1400 obese people. The study, led by Willem Van Mechelen of the Department of Public and Occupational Health in Amsterdam, concluded that the less conventional means of counseling were able to draw out more positive results that the personal exchange therapy.

The rationale behind this result is that despite the increasing rate of obese people, they are still not much accepted by the society. Consequently, their levels of self-acceptance continue to go down. This leads to their inability to undergo personal one-on-one counseling and their preference for communicative means where they will not have to face their counselors and therapists.

Another reason behind the preference for therapy through the phone and the internet is the busy lifestyle led by most people today.

The fact that we were able to adapt therapeutic means to the technology that we have today is a good sign of progress. Technical advancement has indeed brought us a long way. That is an understatement.




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