January 15, 2019         Orla Moloney   Public Relations Specialist  215-871-6334 (office)

PCOM Launches “Why Weight?” – A Healthy and Evidence-Based Approach to Weight Loss

Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM)’s Center for Brief Therapy welcomes members of the Philadelphia community to join “Why Weight?” a behavioral weight-management program focused on weight loss and healthy lifestyle change.

This 12-week program is designed for adults who are overweight or living with obesity and offers individual counseling emphasizing slow, steady weight loss. Each week, patients will meet with a member of the “Why Weight?” team to discuss weight goals, learn and practice a variety of weight management skills, monitor calorie intake and problem-solve regarding day-to-day roadblocks that can be a challenge to long-term success with weight loss and weight management.

This particular form of treatment includes no medication, and instead focuses on helping people monitor their food and beverage intake, increase physical activity, and implement small, sustainable lifestyle changes. Participants in the program will also be weighed each week in the clinic to track results.

“Our program aims to help people to become students of their own behavior,” said Michelle Lent, PhD, a licensed clinical psychologist with expertise in weight management and director of “Why Weight?” “Through greater understanding of their eating patterns, as well as the development of new healthy lifestyle skills, participants will have the knowledge and tools necessary to achieve and maintain weight loss.”

The cost to participate varies based on income. Each session lasts from 30-45 minutes.

To learn more about the program and to find out if you are eligible, visit or call 215-871-6487

About Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Founded in 1899, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine has trained thousands of highly competent, caring physicians, health practitioners and behavioral scientists who practice a “whole person” approach to care—treating people, not just symptoms. PCOM offers doctorate degrees in educational psychology, osteopathic medicine, pharmacy, physical therapy and psychology, and graduate degrees in aging and long-term care administration, biomedical sciences, forensic medicine, mental health counseling, organizational development and leadership, physician assistant studies and school psychology. Our students learn the importance of health promotion, education and service to the community and, through PCOM’s

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