Overgeneralization from limited data: A commentary on Cooper et al., 2010

Robert W. Jeffery, Rona L. Levy

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This article comments on a recent paper by Cooper et al. in BRAT. Its main purpose is to comment on the provocative conclusion in the paper that behavioral research on weight loss maintenance should be abandoned. We disagree, arguing that the authors over generalize from their research, under crediting past behavioral weight loss research for its accomplishments, which are considerable. We briefly outline areas we believe remain exciting new research directions in this field.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)714-716
Number of pages3
JournalBehaviour Research and Therapy
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 2010

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Funding Information:
This research was supported by University of Minnesota Obesity Prevention Center and grant DK50456 from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.


  • Behavioral
  • Commentary
  • Research
  • Weight loss maintenance


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