What Is Obesity?
Obesity is a medical condition that occurs when excess body fat accumulates to such an extent that it can be dangerous to your health. Obesity is usually measured using the Body Mass Index (BMI), which is calculated by dividing your weight in kilograms by your height in metres with the results expressed in kg/m. According to the BMI classification, a BMI between 25- 30 is considered overweight and anything above 30 is considered obese.
To fully treat obesity, a multi-disciplinary team should be involved in the treatment to ensure all aspects are covered. Spectrum Therapy has adopted a multidisciplinary approach where we work with other health practitioners to ensure your treatment is a success. Obesity is a condition that should be treated immediately because of the negative impact it has on the rest of your life; it reduces life expectancy greatly and also increases the risk of developing other medical conditions and serious diseases. Obesity has been linked to increased incidences of hypertension (high blood pressure), type 2 diabetes, stroke, osteoarthritis, coronary heart disease and various cancers.
How We Can Help
Our Psychologists at Spectrum Therapy can offer therapy to provide you with psychological treatment for obesity. Our Psychologists will work with the individual to alter any dysfunctional thinking and unhelpful behaviours which may be present that may cause emotional over eating or binge eating which results in obesity.
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy:
Treatment will include cognitive behavioural therapy to break the negative thought patterns, improve self-esteem, and instil confidence in the individual as well as developing healthy behaviours toward food and eating habits.
Our Psychologists may also use interpersonal therapy to work on improving the relationships in your life if they are a source of emotional difficulty or stress and a trigger for over eating. Exploration of any childhood or past trauma-related issues is usually very helpful in moving forward from obesity.
Not Sure We Can Help
Then book in for a 30 min informal chat with one of our clinicians in person or by phone.
Spectrum Therapy provides Face to Face Counselling in 19 locations across Ireland. We recognise that face to face counselling may not be convenient or practical for everyone. With this in mind, we also offer Video Counselling as a great alternative to face to face sessions.