Why Weight? : Positive Change
Updated: Jan 3
This is the last of a series of three blog posts on weight and related issues, such as diet. We have looked at what affects weight loss and diet in relation to recent research findings.
This time the focus is on the impact of being overweight or obese (both on health and on the person more generally), the reasons people become overweight or obese and how hypnotherapy at Positive Change in Bolton can help.
On average, being obese decreases life expectancy by nearly 10 years. In addition, it is associated with dramatically increased risks of developing type 2 diabetes, hypertension, coronary artery disease and hyperlipidaemia. It has also been suggested that in the not too distant future, obesity could not only become the leading cause of liver failure, but also the leading cause of cancer worldwide.
(University of Birmingham, 2015)
There are other consequences of being overweight or obese although these may vary between people:
impact on self-image and self-esteem
impact on social life
impact on ability to undertake certain activities (e.g. home maintenance, activity with children)
impact on relationships
impact on mental health (for those who would want to be different but find it difficult to change or live with being obese or overweight)
impact on employment (may be limiting as to types of work are able to do or access to and comfort in buildings)
impact on clothes buying
... and these are just some.
So, why do people become overweight or obese?
The cause is alarmingly simple:
A fundamental imbalance between energy taken in and energy expended.
(Univeristy of Birmingham, 2015)
People consume an amount of food that provides energy greater than they are using. In other words, people eat more than they need.
But, that’s obvious isn’t it?
It is to most people, but there are still some common myths about other reasons as to why people are overweight that are not generally true (i.e. for the majority of people) such as problems with metabolism.
So - Why do people eat too much food?
If you are overweight or obese ask yourself why you eat more food than you need.
If you are not overweight or obese, are there times when you eat food you don’t need? This is true for most people. Again, ask yourself why you eat that food that you don’t need.
Here are some of the reasons.
People who are overweight or obese often:
eat according to external cues, not internal hunger signals
eat for emotional comfort, viewing food as an antidote for any kind of emotional distress
plan social activities around food
reward themselves with food
report that they were admonished as children not to waste food, to clean their plates, to show appreciation if the person who cooked the meal, or to put on weight “in case you get sick”
place little value on physical activity and are often not motivated to exercise
maintain a self-image and identity as an overweight person and eat accordingly
prefer sweet and fattening foods over those that offer balanced nutrition
do not understand the correct portion size, do not control their portions, or both
overeat beyond the point where other people would feel full and do not attend to the sensations of a full stomach
eat unconsciously whilst doing other things (for instance, watching television, reading a book or magazine)
feel discouraged when hey think about how much weight they want to lose because they do not break this down into smaller stages/sub-goals
have another issue which is related, such as a mental health diagnosis of depression
think of dieting as a form of deprivation
have followed several diets successfully but when reaching their target weight and the diet has served it’s purpose, putting the weight back on again (often putting on more that they lost)
do not know exactly how much they weigh due to being too embarrassed to weigh themselves and avoid doing so
do not realise how much food they consume over the course of a day
say they know everything there is to know about losing weight but often do not know basic biological information relating to being overweight and weight loss (for instance, how many calories one has to burn to lose one kilo)
These have been taken from Pearson (2012) and my own experience of working with clients.
These reasons are not meant to reinforce any stereotypes as every person has their own unique combination of attitudes and behaviours which have contributed to them eating too much and being overweight.
So, what can I do?
Maybe you’ve tried diets but found that you became familiar with the term ‘yo-yo dieting’ or simply couldn’t sustain it. What can be done?
POSITIVE CHANGE HYPNOTHERAPY IN BOLTON
POSITIVE CHANGE TO YOUR WEIGHT
POSITIVE CHANGE TO YOU
I have developed a Clinical Hypnotherapy programme for weight loss which I tailor and personalise to every client.
You will not be judged as to how you have become overweight or obese. My absolute focus is to help you lose weight and maintain your weight loss.
Hypnotherapy is in a unique position as it can be used to bring about changes to thinking patterns, feelings (the emotional relationship with food), and behaviour while also increasing your capability and resources.
Become the person you truly want to be.
Positive Change that works for you.
University of Birmingham (2015) Obesity in the UK. [online] Available at: <http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/research/activity/mds/centres/obesity/obesity-uk/index.aspx> [Accessed: 22/04/15].
Health and Social Care Information Centre (2014) Statistics on Obesity, Physical Activity and
Diet: England 2014. [online] Available at: <http://www.hscic.gov.uk/catalogue/PUB13648/Obes-phys-acti-diet-eng-2014-rep.pdf> [Accessed: 22/04/15].
Pearson, J. E. (2012) The Weight, Hypnotherapy and YOU. Weight Reduction Programme. An NLP and Hypnotherapy Practitioner’s Manual. Bethel and Carmarthen: Crown House Publishing.