Our bodies and brains have evolved to survive in an environment with limited access to food and the need to use our physical energy for essential tasks of daily living. We now live in an obesogenic environment that was not designed with the health of our bodies in mind. Our lives are packed with cars, escalators and remote control everything to maximise speed and comfort and minimise the physical effort needed to get through the day. We are surrounded by food everywhere we go that is relatively cheap and highly processed and calorie dense. Our lives are often filled with responsibility and expectation, leaving little time to spend on taking good care of ourselves with quality meal preparation and time for good rituals around eating. Our bodies that were designed to move all day and survive with limited availability of food have struggled to cope with these changes and there has been a steady increase in the weight of the population of Australia.
At the same time there has been a growing pressure for women and sadly increasingly on men, in terms of appearance and body shape and size. Few areas in life are loaded with as much judgement as a struggle with weight. Being overweight is associated with greater risk in terms of some physical health issues and the social pressure to be a certain size adds additional risk of other mental health issues such as anxiety and depression.
And just to add more complication to the issue, our bodies have evolved to retain weight and we are just starting to understand the range of complex physical and psychological mechanisms that make it tremendously difficult to lose weight and keep it off. We are bombarded with sales pitches for weight loss strategies that are destined to fail us in the long run and there is a lot of truth to the saying that diets (in the traditional sense of the word) don’t work. There is no silver bullet in terms of psychological strategies or dietary change that can guarantee weight-loss.
Your relationship with food and your body is highly personal and our practice does not subscribe to any single treatment model or philosophical approach. We endeavour to provide treatment that is backed by research and is also judgement-free and centred around you. Some people find that working on self-acceptance and their overall health is most important and other people want to include more direct focus on healthy weight management as part of their goals. We consult with you to understand your particular concerns and goals and provide you with the research information and therapeutic work that will be most useful for you. Here are some of the components of therapy that might be included in your work with us: