Foreyt, John P(aul) 1943-

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FOREYT, John P(aul) 1943-

PERSONAL: Surname is pronounced For-et; born April 6, 1943, in Manitowoc, WI; son of John Otto and Ann Rose (Hynek) Foreyt. Education: University of Wisconsin—Madison, B.S., 1965; Florida State University, M.S., 1967, Ph.D., 1969.

ADDRESSES: Home—7708 Nairn, Houston, TX 77074. Office—Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Baylor College of Medicine, 6535 Fannin, MS F700, Houston, TX 77030. E-mail—[email protected]

CAREER: University of Southern California Medical Center, Los Angeles, intern, 1968-69; Florida State University, Tallahassee, assistant professor of psychology, 1969-74; Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX, associate professor and director of Diet Modification Center, beginning 1974, currently professor of medicine and psychiatry and director of Nutrition Research Clinic. Private practice of clinical psychology, 1975—.

MEMBER: American Psychological Association, Academy for Behavioral Medicine Research, Association for the Advancement of Behavior Therapy, Behavior Therapy and Research (fellow), American Institute of Nutrition, American Dietetic Association (honorary member).


(Editor, with Julian C. Davis) Medical Examiner's Source Book, C. C. Thomas (Springfield, IL), 1975.

(Editor, with Ben J. Williams and Sander Martin) Obesity: Behavioral Approaches to Dietary Management, Brunner (New York, NY), 1976.

(Editor) Behavioral Treatments of Obesity, Pergamon (New York, NY), 1977.

(Editor, with Diana P. Rathjen) Cognitive Behavior Therapy: Research and Application, Plenum (New York, NY), 1978.

(Editor, with Diana P. Rathjen) Social Competence: Interventions for Children and Adults, Pergamon (New York, NY), 1982.

(Editor, with Ben J. Williams and G. Ken Goodrick) Pediatric Behavioral Medicine, Praeger (New York, NY), 1983.

(With Michael de Bakey, Antonio Gotto, Jr., and Lynne Scott) The Living Heart Diet, Simon & Schuster (New York, NY), 1984, revised edition, Fireside (St. Louis, MO), 1995.

(Editor, with Kelly Brownell) Handbook of Eating Disorders, Basic Books (New York, NY), 1986.

(With G. Terence Wilson, Cyril M. Franks, and Philip C. Kendall) Review of Behavior Therapy, Volume 11, Guilford (New York, NY), 1987.

(With G. Terence Wilson, Cyril M. Franks, and Philip C. Kendall) Review of Behavior Therapy, Volume 12, Guilford (New York, NY), 1990.

(With G. Ken Goodrick) Living without Dieting, Harrison, 1992, Warner Books (New York, NY), 1994.

(With Michael de Bakey, Antonio Gotto, Jr., and Lynne Scott) The Living Heart Brand Name Shoppers Guide, Mastermedia, 1992.

(With Kristine Napier) The Xenical Advantage: How to Use the Remarkable New FDA-Approved Drug to Lose Weight Faster—and Keep It Off—Safely and Effectively, Simon & Schuster (New York, NY), 1999.

(Editor, with others) Lifestyle Obesity Management, Blackwell (Malden, MA), 2003.

Member of scientific advisory board, BioNutritional Encyclopedia. Contributor of scientific articles to professional journals.

SIDELIGHTS: John P. Foreyt is a weight-loss scientist whose research and writing deals with many aspects of obesity-related illness and coping mechanisms for long-term dieters. Foreyt's books include the bestselling The Living Heart Diet and Living without Dieting, both of which address the permanent lifestyle changes necessary for cardiovascular health and the maintenance of a healthy body weight. A Publishers Weekly reviewer felt that the revised edition of The Living Heart Diet displays a "workmanlike approach" that "will help readers make changes for a more healthful diet."

Foreyt works at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, where he has embarked on a study of long-term health benefits to those who lose weight and keep it off. He once told CA: "The Living Heart Diet required seven years of research. Hopefully it will help readers reduce some of the cardiovascular risk factors associated with heart disease."



Environmental Nutrition, February, 1989, Laura Conway, "Coping with Diet Relapse, Preventing Diet Collapse," p. 6; August, 1992, review of The Living Heart Brand Name Shoppers Guide, p. 8.

Houston Chronicle, January 17, 1996, Leslie Sowers, "Two Baylor Doctors Want to Study Diet Drugs," p. 4; November 16, 1999, Claudia Feldman, "Dieting Dilemma," p. 1.

Publishers Weekly, December 18, 1995, review of The Living Heart Diet, p. 50.


Baylor College of Medicine Web site, (November 5, 2003), "John P. Foreyt."*