Self-help is certainly a viable way to solve a problem. In the U.S.
we are big users of self-help. Did you know there are at least 2000
self-help books published each year?
We usually think of self-help as being separate from more
formal psychotherapy and counseling. However, many psychologists and
other mental health professionals integrate self-help methods into
their professional work. So the two can be separate, but they can also
As for your own personal situation, no one can answer the question
for you. It is your decision to make. Some people find it easier to
tackle being overweight by turning to a self-help group or self-help
materials such as books, the internet, and inspirational films. The
effectiveness of such methods has been documented in psychology
research. People who were interviewed about their self-help activities
rated them as being very instructive and beneficial.
Being overweight is a tough nut to crack for many women. As with
other stubborn problems, solving the weight issue is a very personal
matter that always involves behavior changes. Self-help materials or
groups can be encouraging, inspirational, and a good source of
information when you are attempting to make important changes in your
behavior. Professional psychotherapy and counseling can also provide
It really is a matter of what works for you. Take some time to
consider what would be a good choice for you. Remember, this is not the
kind of decision that’s written in stone. You can always change your
mind. You can try one method and then move on to the other.