Narrator: This is Science Today. Losing weight is usually associated with lots of dieting and pills, but weight loss specialist, Laurel Mellin of the University of California, San Francisco has come up with a revolutionary program called The Solution which avoids diets and drugs.
Mellin: Obesity treatment programs have traditionally been external ... a pill, a diet, a way of nurturing and setting limits with ourselves that comes from outside. What the Solution does for the first time, is equip us with the internal skills to do the same thing. So we simply don't want the extra piece of pizza or the extra evening on the couch.
Narrator: Mellin originally discovered obese children lost weight by enhancing certain developmental skills.
Mellin: These internal skills are based on nurturing and limits. In other words, the good mother is inside of us who's saying, how do you feel, what do you need? Do you need some support? And the good father is within us saying just expect all you can do and no more - you can do it.
Narrator: Over 100 hospitals nationwide are using The Solution. For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.