Obesity Treatment & Bariatric Surgery Facts

The CDC reports that nearly 35% of American adults are obese, as defined by a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 30 or greater — and 17% of children and adolescents in the United States are obese, as defined by a BMI at or above the 95th percentile children of the same age and gender.  In 2013, approximately 220,000 people underwent bariatric surgery — and although various surgeries can alter the size of the stomach pouch or decrease the amount of  calories absorbed by the body, weight loss surgery does not necessarily eliminate food cravings to prevent overeating or binge eating.  At Positive Pathways, we guide clients to address the cause of their obesity, rather than dieting or using other means to control the symptom of excess weight.  In addition, for individuals who are considering weight loss surgery or who need post bariatric surgery counseling, our EDIT Treatment Team can provide assessments and therapy to address the mental and emotional aspects of overeating and obesity.   Our team of EDIT Certified Counselors can customize a treatment plan for you to overcome obesity.


Adult and Childhood Obesity Statistics

Research reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association for data through 2012 revealed than one-third (34.9%) of adults in the United States are obese.  Obesity is higher among adults ages 40-59 years old (39.5%) as compared to younger adults ages 20-39 (30.3%), or older adults ages 60 years and above (35.4%).  African-Americans have the highest age-adjusted rates of obesity (47.8%) followed by Hispanics (42.5%), Caucasians (32.6%), and Asians (10.8%).  Statewide, Colorado residents report one of the lower obesity averages for adults (20.5%). Obesity now affects 17% of all children and adolescents in the United States – triple the rate from just one generation ago.  [Source:  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention]  Some say that we have an “obesity epidemic” in the United States, and many people are declaring a “war on obesity.”  At Positive Pathways, our focus is to guide clients to make peace with their bodies and with food, allowing the achievement of a healthy weight in an intuitive and natural way.

Treating the Cause of Obesity

There are many factors which can lead to weight problems and obesity, including genetics and lifestyle.  At Positive Pathways, our EDIT Certified Counselors will conduct a thorough intake and assessment session, where you’ll describe in detail how your weight has changed over time, and you’ll discover the specific factors which contributed to any significant weight gain or weight loss. Based on what worked and what didn’t work from your past weight loss efforts, you’ll learn a new solution to try. Many people struggling with obesity say, “I know what I should eat, I just don’t seem to be able to do it.”  Why are healthy choices difficult to make?  Are there physiological (body) or psychological (mental/emotional) barriers to success?  Is there self-sabotage?  Is there an underlying eating disorder?  These are some of the issues which can be explored with our EDIT Certified Counselors.



Dieting can Cause Eating Disorders and Obesity

Approximately 95% of dieters regain any weight they may lose, and most end up weighing more than when they began their diet — a phenomenon known as “diet-induced obesity.”  At the other extreme, dieting can cause obsessive thinking about food, overly restrictive eating behaviors, and desperate measures to compensate for any overeating —  which are symptoms of the eating disorders Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa.  In addition, many dieters swing between being “on” or “off” a diet, where “off” may mean eating large quantities of “forbidden foods” — a sign of Binge Eating Disorder.  In fact, it’s estimated that approximately one-third of those enrolled in diet and weight loss centers are struggling with Binge Eating Disorder.  

“Don’t Diet — EDIT!” Obesity Treatment Approach

 At Positive Pathways, we recognize the dangers of diets — and we use a “Don’t Diet — EDIT!” treatment approach, where clients are guided through the five principles of Eating Disorder intuitive Therapy (EDIT), with a special emphasis on Intuitive Eating and Intuitive Exercise. Any past or current eating disorder behaviors can also be addressed, with our complete recovery approach. To treat obesity, we do not set specific weight loss goals — instead, we encourage clients to establish goals which address the cause of their obesity. Weight loss can then be a natural outcome of these healthy goals.

I’m Overweight or Obese and I need help…

Are you frustrated with diets and traditional weight loss programs?    
Are you considering bariatric surgery, or have already had it?  
Are you concerned about your health?
At Positive Pathways, we’d like to hear your story.
Our therapists listen with empathy and compassion.
We can develop a customized action plan for your recovery!

Your Obesity Treatment Plan

At Positive Pathways, we believe that when the cause of Obesity is addressed, the symptom of excess weight will resolve itself.  Our Treatment Team will customize an Eating Disorder Intuitive Therapy (EDIT) treatment plan for you. Similar to our treatment for Binge Eating Disorder, you’ll learn intuitive eating strategies to help you be more mindful of the type and amount of food your body truly needs. You’ll discover “what’s eating you” and learn healthy ways of expressing your emotions and resolving challenging situations. You’ll replace your eating disordered behaviors with your own unique Intuitive Self-Care techniques, which will be a much better treat than food ever could be.   Are you ready to begin your “healthy weight” journey, from a place of compassionate Self-Love, seeing your wholeness beyond the symptoms of your weight problem?

Your Post Bariatric Surgery Counseling Plan

If you’re considering Bariatric Surgery, it’s a major decision — and our EDIT Certified Counselors can we can guide you to make the best decision for your unique situation.  If you proceed with Bariatric Surgery, most surgeons require a Psychological Assessment, which we can provide.  At Positive Pathways, we have experience supporting clients through the process of Bariatric Surgery, to ensure the best possible outcome.  Although this type of surgery may shrink the size of the stomach pouch — which can quench “stomach hunger” — many people find that they still have an insatiable “mouth hunger” (craving the taste of specific foods), or “head hunger” (thinking about food all the time). Our Treatment Team can provide assistance to deal with the mental and emotional aspects of overeating.  If you’ve already had a Bariatric Surgery but it has “failed,” our Treatment Team can assist you with any Eating Disorder behaviors, and guide you with Intuitive Eating practices to enhance your “healthy weight” journey!

YES!!! we do...

  • Address the cause of weight problems and obesity
  • Focus on goals which enhance overall health
  • Teach Intuitive Eating and Intuitive Exercise
  • Provide counseling for Bariatric Surgery

NO!!! we don't...

  • Conduct weigh-ins or focus on the symptom of weight
  • Use any extreme methods which compromise health
  • Provide diets or supplements to “control” eating
  • Perform any medical treatments (referrals available)

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