Weight problems are often linked to specific emotions, whether it’s being underweight – Anorexia Bellini or overweight -obesity. The reason that we have these problems is often due to developing an emotional attachment to food. We associate food with celebrations, we eat food if we are depressed and we need to eat food in order to survive. This is also, for some, linked to smoking where the hand gesture of putting how food into our mouth is replaced by taking the cigarette to our mouth and smoking it. These behaviours all develop from when we were fed as a baby and replicate the sensation around your lips of the breast or bottle. Our mouth experienced this as a safe and comforting sensation and it is imprinted from a very early age.
Public Health England reported in 2015 on weight issues and suggest that: Nearly two-thirds of adults (63%) in England were classed as being overweight (a body mass index of over 25) or obese (a BMI of over 30).
In England, the proportion who were categorised as obese increased from 13.2% of men in 1993 to 26.9% in 2015 and from 16.4% of women in 1993 to 26.8% in 2015. The rate of increase has slowed down since 2001, although the trend is still upwards. The prevalence of obesity is similar among men and women, but men are more likely to be overweight.
At Therapy for Though, I tailor-make weight reduction programmes that are client centre and are based on my client’s individual needs. The programmes that I offer are the Virtual Hypno-Gastric Band, Hypno-Fasting, Mindfulness Weight Management (either individually or in groups) and Gut-Health Workshops.
Mindfulness Weight Management is a Weight Reduction programme that uses techniques such as NLP, hypnosis, mindfulness eating and motivated interviewing. Therefore, there is no dieting involved. The idea behind this programme is to train your sub-conscious mind into making better choices that inform your eating practices.