Kim Synclair has been working in the emotional well-being industry for over 10 years and is a qualified BACP Accredited counsellor. Kim has managed a number of highly successful drug and alcohol services in Thurrock and continues to be a Director for Therapeutic and Drug and Alcohol Services for Open Door, a very successful and highly regarded charity based in Essex.
Unlock the secret to weight loss
Eating healthily and taking more exercise are not enough by themselves to combat the nation’s rising obesity levels. Instead we need a better understanding of the issues underpinning over eating.
Very few people are offered therapeutic intervention when suffering from over eating. Instead compulsive eaters are given information on food intake and when that doesn’t work there are pills to suppress appetite and as a last resort, surgery. None of these options address the reasons why people are overweight in the first place and hence are consistently unsuccessful when it comes to maintaining weight loss. Therapy has a key role in identifying the reasons why people overeat rather than simply focusing on what they eat. It can also provide over-eaters with the psychological tools and strategies needed to lose weight and sustain this.
Many over eaters do not have secure social and emotional attachments. Life is difficult for most and if someone doesn’t have the skill set to manage this or ask for help from others, they attempt to reduce stress by ingesting food. Diet and exercise plans do not address these concerns, so until therapeutic intervention becomes a standard care support, the obesity problem looks set to grow.