According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than one-third of Americans are obese. The American Medical Association has officially recognized obesity as a disease, one that can be diagnosed and treated. Traditionally, physicians will recommend that you eat healthier foods, eat in moderation, and start exercising to promote overall health. Excitedly, you rush home with a new found ambition to lose weight. After six months of eating healthier and exercising, the scale indicates that you merely lost two pounds instead of your goal of six pounds. You feel defeated and depressed. Before diving into a pint of ice cream for comfort, consult with your physician. You may not be defeated after all. At this juncture, your physician can recommend adjunctive therapy such as counseling, medications, or surgery to augment your weight loss.
Counseling to Stop Emotional Eating
Your physician might refer you to a behavior therapist. They can help identify emotional eating and stop poor eating patterns. Do you eat when you feel depressed or anxious? Do you snack at night because you can’t sleep? Therapy can be one-on-one or in a group. Weight Watchers is a popular weight-loss program that incorporates diet, exercise, and group therapy. With a support group, patients are more likely to stick with the program and lose weight.
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