Obesity is a medical condition defined as an excess amount of body fat. More than just a superficial concern, obesity can cause a number of health problems including diabetes and heart disease. The emotional toll that being obese can have on a person can be equally damaging. Obesity carries with it a social stigma that may lead to discrimination, teasing or bullying, and poor self-esteem. In both children and adults, obesity has been linked to depression. A mental health professional can be helpful in dealing with the emotional effects of obesity as well as working with you to create positive lifestyle changes.
Local Experts in Obesity
I have a program for weight loss, which addresses many of the common factors, such as self-esteem, beliefs, metabolism, and habits around food, with room for personalizing each session around my clients unique challenges and goals. This program includes tools to empower clients between sessions to make the process easier and more comfortable.
Dealing with weight is emotionally and physically difficult, but it can really help to have a coach that can guide you in the right direction and consult with your doctors/nutritionists if need be. I will help you work on the emotional and motivational aspect of weight gain and help you move toward a path of optimal health and wellness.
I will teach you a non-diet approach that really works! By now, you know that diets don\'t work. I\'ll tell you what does and help you do it! You can free yourself from emotional eating and binging that may be contributing to weight gain.
Much of my academic and personal work has been focused on fat liberation. My practice does not focus on weight loss, but on accepting bodies as they are regardless of size or ability. I am knowledgable of and work from a Health At Every Size perspective. I practice dismantling fat phobia and questioning the ways sizeism is internalized to create self-hate and self-harm.
Understanding the challenge of Obesity comes best with firsthand experience and education. I have personally lost over 77 pounds and kept it off. I have taken continuing education classes at Lewis and Clark University offered by CREDN Columbia River Eating Disorder Network to further understand the challenges and seek solutions to Obesity.