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D. An Innovative Way to Lose Weight

Narrator: This is Science Today. If you've been struggling to lose weight and have tried every fad diet and new pill on the market, there may be a solution. In fact a new treatment developed by weight specialist Laurel Mellin of the University of California, San Francisco, is called The Solution.

Mellin: The Solution teaches people, trains them in the six most basic skills that give balance in life. These are the skills that we learn naturally by the age of six if we're raised in a responsive environment. It has nothing to do with parental love, it has to do with parental skill.

Narrator: These skills include an internal dialogue of nurturing and setting limits, which Mellin says, is passed on from responsive parents who were not depriving or indulging. While hundreds of hospitals nationwide are using The Solution, Mellin warns, it's not for everyone.

Mellin: It's for people who say to themselves...I've had it. I won't go on another diet, I won't take pills and I won't just live with this problem. I don't want to go to my grave with weight and food being issues.

Narrator: The treatment is outlined in Mellin's book, The Solution: Six Winning Ways To Permanent Weight Loss. For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.