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ASO UK Congress on Obesity, 9th-11th September 2015, Glasgow University

Slimming World's Research team will be delivering a symposium on 'The role of emotional regulation in weight loss and maintenance’ at the ASO's congress at Glasgow University. 

Slimming World symposium
Friday September 11th  10.30-12.00

The role of emotional regulation in weight loss and maintenance.

The purpose of this symposium is to review and report new insights into the role of self-regulation and emotion regulation in the control of eating behaviour and weight management and their implications for applications in practice.
Symposium Speakers
Francisca Catarino - Emotion regulation and weight management overview.
Francisca will cover the theoretical approaches relating emotion regulation to eating behaviours and weight management.
Cristiana Duarte - Studies of the mechanisms by which emotion regulation may influence weight loss and maintenance in lifestyle weight management.
Cristiana will cover the current findings of the psychological mechanisms linking emotion regulation to eating behaviour, weight management and well-being in lifestyle weight management. 
Professor James Stubbs - Self-regulation and emotion regulation in weight loss and maintenance including practical implications.
Professor Stubbs will cover the evidence of behaviour change techniques associated with weight loss and maintenance and the development of the NoHoW project which will examine the relative importance of self-regulation and emotion regulation in longer-term weight loss maintenance.
Symposium Outline
There is good evidence that behaviour change techniques associated with self-regulation are involved in weight loss and maintenance. The most promising evidence-based behaviour change techniques for weight loss and maintenance are self-monitoring, goal setting, action control, building self-efficacy and intrinsic motivation. Recent research also suggests that stress management and emotion regulation skills are key enablers of relapse prevention and prevention of weight-regain.

Important factors in weight management include behaviour, motivation, and emotion, including psychosocial stress. The modern environment facilitates weight gain, while society criticises the overweight. This leads to stress, which can undermine weight loss. Evidence suggests that developing practice and competence in self-compassion, mindfulness, acceptance and commitment can enhance stress management and psychological wellbeing. Effective support for weight loss maintenance (WLM) may therefore address behaviour change (diet, exercise) and additional psychological (stress, relapse) challenges.

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