Today (April 28) on Good Morning Britain, Steve Miller a weight-loss expert said he thinks overweight people should be refused junk food in restaurants and treated the same as drunk people in pubs… as this approach would be life saving for them.
Journalist Ateh Jewel disagreed saying that ‘shaming’ people is not going to help them lose weight and is dangerous, she believes the only way to tackle this is “with love, connection, positivity and encouraging positive coping mechanisms.”
Obviously, obesity is a huge growing problem which is dangerous and needs something to be done. Dr Bunmi Aboaba agrees that food Addiction has the same elements/ signs/ symptoms as Alcohol Addiction and she agrees with Ateh Jewell that a compassionate positive approach is needed and that more awareness should be raised on what actually food addiction is.
Listen here to my interview with Dr Bunmi on UK Health Radio where we talk all about food addiction and emotional eating
Dr Bunmi is a Food Addiction Coach and Energy Medicine Practitioner whose own recovery journey to heal from struggles related to both alcohol and sugar started in 2008. Since that time, she has been guided to work with Energy Medicine, Reiki, Crystals and Spiritual Response Therapy as part of her own recovery. Aligning her practice very keenly with strengths-based recovery – coupled with energetic support –Dr. Bunmi works with clients across the spectrum of disordered eating to find their path in recovery. She also works with crystals to assist with weight loss and empowerment (think Adele) as crystals attune to vibrations, and have the users best interests at heart, especially around weight loss… such as Amethyst which reduces craving, and is extremely helpful when you are trying to control appetite. Bloodstone stimulates detoxification, and helps elevate metabolism, Citrine eliminates what you do not need- physically or emotionally and can help improve digestion.
Dr Bunmi works with clients using the ‘R4 programme:
The focus of this program is not to get the client to lose weight or diet but to change their relationship to food, and ultimately lead a fulfilling life where all areas of their lives are back in balance. She looks at some of the things that can lead to food addiction, and which contribute to the relationship with food. Looking at triggers, at mental health, and at the environmental and physical signals that can turn a susceptibility into something more serious. None of us live in isolation, we are all subtlety influenced by the things around us.
Exploring how to reframe the relationship with food. Through this explorative process focus is on creating a positive body image and notion of self. Transforming negativity into a high sense of self-worth is important before the recovery journey begins.
Resilience, explores triggers, craving control, relaxation techniques, gratitude practice, how to transform negative thoughts, and a holistic guide to gut health.
Recovery looks at abstinence, why diets don’t work, recovery plans, relapse prevention and the relevance of gut health.