THE OVERWEIGHT PATIENT

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This practical guide approaches obesity and overeating from a psychological perspective, and offers sensitive advice on methods for increasing patients' sense of self-worth, self-knowledge and motivation to lose weight.

The Overweight Patient explores the underlying beliefs and behaviours that may contribute to obesity, including psychological needs, addiction, fear of deprivation, parental influences and sexual fears. Kathy Leach draws a useful distinction between the need to ...

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The Overweight Patient: A Psychological Approach to Understanding and Working with Obesity

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Overview

This practical guide approaches obesity and overeating from a psychological perspective, and offers sensitive advice on methods for increasing patients' sense of self-worth, self-knowledge and motivation to lose weight.

The Overweight Patient explores the underlying beliefs and behaviours that may contribute to obesity, including psychological needs, addiction, fear of deprivation, parental influences and sexual fears. Kathy Leach draws a useful distinction between the need to eat and the need to maintain a large body size, and addresses the reasons for both long-term obesity and short-term weight gain. She provides a clear and accessible introduction to the theory of Transactional Analysis psychotherapy and details how this approach is particularly effective for use with overweight people, and as a self-help methodology.

Illustrated with patient histories, exercises and worked examples of techniques, this book enables therapists and health practitioners to help obese people to understand why they reach for food or maintain a large body weight, and to change their eating behaviour or live more comfortably with their size.

About the Author:
Kathy Leach is a clinical transactional analyst who specializes in psychotherapy for the overweight and people who overeat

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781843103660
  • Publisher: Kingsley, Jessica Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/15/2006
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.57 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Obesity and therapy 13
2 Cultural and parent influences on decisions regarding weight 23
3 Clinical considerations in working with the overweight patient 31
4 Losing weight, maintaining loss and regaining weight 43
5 Inquiry and diagnosis 53
6 Ego states 77
7 The parent ego state 85
8 The child ego state 109
9 The adult ego state 147
10 Psychological hungers 163
11 Games 187
12 The creation of the body and eating functions as defence structures 229
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