You will face many defeats in life,

but never let yourself be defeated.

~Maya Angelou

Obesity continues to be a prevalent problem in the United States today. Because of the number of individuals affected, it is likely that most healthcare professionals will encounter patients in their practice who fight the battle of excess weight. Perhaps you are one of them. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports from an article in the Journal of American Medicine that over one-third of the US adults are obese. Whoa! That’s one out of three adult Americans are obese.

I understand all too well.

I fought the battle from my teen years through my young adult life thinking it would be a never-ending journey on the rollercoaster ride—weight up and down, only to go up again. Over the years, I learned many valuable lessons during my weight struggle journey and wish to share them with you and hopefully spare you the agony I endured for years and years.

It is essential that healthcare professions, particularly those specializing in eating disorders of all types, are taught to recognize and accurately interpret behaviors associated with obesity.

One lesson I learned early in my practice and in my experience is that not all obese people binge eat nor are all binge eaters obese and further still not all food addicts are obese… but yes ALL food addicts binge eat… until they find the solution…or worse die.

Obesity Close to Home

My mom was not a food addict, nor was she a binge eater, but she was obese. Had I known then what I know now, perhaps I could have taught her a thing or two about weight loss and weight maintenance.

It’s painful living with obesity and worse when obesity is coupled with food addiction. Not that obesity on its own is a picnic because surely it is not, but treatment is slightly different. There are many contributing factors that lead to obesity a few are: skipping meals, eating fast foods, depression, poor self esteem, snacking, to name a few.

Food addicts must abstain from sugar, flour, and wheat and eat three balanced meals throughout the day with a snack either before dinner or after… whichever fits the life schedule. The obese person, without food addiction, may eat a moderate amount of sugar, flour, and wheat, coupled with three balanced meals and one snack.

Are you a Food Addict?

How do you know if you are a food addict? Well, one bite of sugar, flour, and wheat is too much and a thousand bites is not enough. There is no end to how much you can eat—it’s never enough and the first bite sends you off on a never-ending food binge. We ingest volumes of food in a small period, all the while in a “drunk-stupor” fog. Just like any addict, there is never enough to satisfy the craving…

The obese person and the food addict both suffer emotional, psychological, and physical abuse to the body… yes, physical abuse. The abuse can cause both acute and chronic signs and symptoms of physical and mental illness and injury.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention points out obesity-related conditions include heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer are some of the leading causes of preventable death.

My mother died four years after a massive stroke when she was only 62. It was my mother’s stroke and battle with obesity that prompted me to make it my mission to teach anyone who will listen to the way out of obesity and/or food addiction.

Check out my website at and read my story and how I moved from obesity to a normal weight and quieted the food monster with in.

Come join me on my mission. Share comments on what you have learned from your experience with obesity or food addiction or a combination of the two.

Share your thoughts by simply scrolling down to the comments section…

Thank you for spending time with me and my thoughts throughout these pages. I hope my words lit your excitement to become your best self for you.

I look forward to sharing my newest book with you on how to Release Your obsession with Your PHONE. God bless you and your journey through this life and all that awaits beyond.

Thank you for being a part of the reading blog forum of this blog. If you have something you’d like to say, I’d love to hear it. YOU are important and your words need to be heard. I’m here for you.

Stay tuned. You never know where my mind will wander…

Hugs to you, I care!
Dr. Lisa
To learn more on recovery from food addiction, eating disorders, weight issues, dieting, and aging, please check out my Release Your Obsession Series.

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