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2 Obesity and ACT - Acceptance Commitment Therapy New Perspective Washington 2012 Ayelet Kalter RD. MSc. Expert in Treating Food & Eating Related Disorders (FERD) Founder & Director of the Eating Dialog Study & Therapy Center PhD Student Tel Aviv University

3 The Weight Problem The current perception

4 Orpana HM, Berthelot JM, Kaplan MS, Feeny DH, McFarland B, Ross NA. BMI and Mortality: results from a national longitudinal study of Canadian adults. Obesity 2010;18(1):214-8. Excess Deaths Associated With Underweight, Overweight, and Obesity. JAMA.2005 Apr 20;293(15):1861-7 Weight Science: evaluating the evidence for a paradigm shift. Nutr J. 2011; 10: 9 Body Mass Index and Mortality: a meta analysis based on person level data from 26 observational studies. Ann. Epidemiol 2005 Feb; 15(2):87-97 Obesity, larger waist size associated with better outcome in heart failure patients. American Journal of Cardiology 2012 July Facts We Have To Know We dont have to be thin (BMI<25) in order to be healthy Being overweight is not a disease BMI only weakly predicts longevity

5 Disease - eating disorders 2% Food & eating related disorders (FERD) 88% Disease - morbid obesity 10% Food & eating related disorders (FERD) Facts We Have To Know

6 10% - 25% of the obesity population are metabolically healthy We do have to treat the sick obese (BMI>30) people Bluher M: The distinction of metabolically healthy from unhealthy obese individuals. Curr Opin Lipidol 2010, 21:38-43. Soverini V, Moscatiello S, Villanova N, Ragni E, Di Domizio S, Marchesini G: Metabolic Syndrome and Insulin Resistance in Subjects with Morbid Obesity. Obes Surg 2010, 20:295-301. Wildman RP, Muntner P, Reynolds K, McGinn AP, Rajpathak S, Wylie- Rosett J, Sowers MR: The obese without cardiometabolic risk factorclustering and the normal weight with cardiometabolic risk factor clustering: prevalence and correlates of 2 phenotypes among the US population (NHANES 1999-2004). Arch Intern Med 2008, 168:1617-1624 Karelis AD, Faraj M, Bastard JP, St-Pierre DH, Brochu M, Prudhomme D, Rabasa- Lhoret R: The metabolically healthy but obese individual presents a favorable inflammation profile. J Clin Endocrinol Metab 2005, 90:4145- 4150

7 Facts We Have To Know We all want to be thin but we dont know how to help people to loose weight and keep it off The diets and weight obsession are failures that make us fatter and create the diet language Medicares Search for Effective Obesity Treatments Diets Are Not the Answer April 2007 American Psychologist Vol. 62, No. 3, 220–233 Does dieting make you fat? A twin study. International Journal of Obesity (2012) 36, 456–464 Weight Science: Evaluating the Evidence for a Paradigm Shift. Nutrition Journal 2011, 10:9

8 The outcome - The creation of the diet language The medical perception – the pathogenesis model The failure of the diet The diet industry The beauty ideal The beautiful mind The diet language

9 embodies rigidity, guilt, restrictions, avoidance, dichotomy and punishments takes away the freedom to eat what, when, where and how much you need and want is based on control takes away the joy of eating The Diet Language The outcome - The diet language

10 unhealthy eating lack of physical activity decreased self- esteem and body image fat discrimi nation eating disorder fat enhancem ent The Outcomes Danielsdottir S, O'Brien KS, Ciao A. Anti-fat prejudice reduction: a review of published studies. Obes Facts 2010; 3:47-58. Neumark-Sztainer D, Paxton SJ, Hannan PJ, Haines J, Story M. Does body satisfaction matter? Five-year longitudinal associations between body satisfaction and health behaviors in adolescent females and males. The Journal of adolescent health : official publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine 2006; 39:244-51.

11 The Outcomes psychological inflexibility Cognitive Fusion Experiential Avoidance Attached to the conceptual self Conceptualized past and future Lack of values Inaction, avoidant persistence

12 Maybe what we create as the solution for obesity has actually become the problem? Maybe what we create as the solution for obesity has actually become the problem? Pearson A.N., Heffner M. & Follette V.M. (2010) Acceptance Commitment Therapy for Body Image Dissatisfaction. New Harbinger Publication, Inc. Health-At-Every-Size and Eating Behaviors: 1-Year Follow-Up Results of a Size Acceptance Intervention 2009 by the American Dietetic Association. doi: 10.1016/j.jada.2009.08.017 Health at Every Size Approach to Health Management The Evidence Is Weighed Top Clin Nutr Vol. 22, No. 3, pp. 272–285 The question

13 AAAAA Suffering by itself Is not the issue but rather clinging to it The diet? The bariatric surgery? The thinness race? The use of medication? Fighting the obesity?

14 Different perspective - The use of ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) In order to accept what is out of our personal control, while committing to an action that will improve our quality of life Hayes, S. C., Luoma, J. B., Bond, F. W., Masuda, A., & Lillis, J. (2006). Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: Model, processes, and outcomes. Behavior Research and Therapy 44, 1-25. ACT for Anxiety disorders Eifert and Forsyth 2005 Raincoast Book Canada Hayes, S. C. & Smith, S. (2005). Get out of your mind and into your life: The new Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Oakland, CA: New Harbinger.

15 The diet obsession increases the obesity prevalence, causes eating disorders and emotional and health problems There is an empowerment of the obesity problem ruled by political and economic interests There is a natural diversity in weight and shape among the population – real people come in all sizes We dont have to be thin to be healthy We all have our own set-point Accept that… Health-At-Every-Size and Eating Behaviors: 1-Year Follow-Up Results of a Size Acceptance Intervention. J Am Diet Assoc. 2009;109:1854-1861 Size Acceptance and Intuitive Eating Improve Health for Obese, Female Chronic Dieters J Am Diet Assoc. 2005;105:929-936.

16 We dont know how to help people lose weight and keep it off We dont know how to help people lose weight and keep it off Accept that… Why Does Dieting Predict Weight Gain in Adolesnce? Finding from Project EAY-II A 5-Year Longitudinal Study. J Am Diet Assoc. 2007;107: 448-455

17 Stop the obesity process Normalize the relations with food, eating and body Live a meaningful life in every shape and size But we do know how to :

18 The treatment is not about getting rid of obesity or about teaching clients new elegant ways to control their eating and weight in order to be thin It is acceptance and mindfulness approach to obesity from a different perspective, which says: Obesity is part of living rather than a cause for not living Basic Assumption

19 This will allow clients to avoid controlling their body and their eating, helping them eat normally and live a full life in every shape and size ( based on the salutogenic model by Antonovsky) Salutogenesis. J Epidemiol Community Health 2005;59:440–442 The salutogenic model as a theory to guide health promotion. Health Promotion International 1996; 1:11-8.

20 The use of ACT The use of mindful skills as a way to see the diet language and the way it causes suffering.Alberts H.J.E.M, Thewissen R, Raes L, 2012. Dealing with problematic eating behaviour. The effects of a mindfulness-base intervention on eating behaviour, food cravings, dichotomous thinking and body image concern. Appetite, Volume 58 (3) Appetite

21 The Process Identify values of life – well being Committed action – learn the health center approach and the intuitive language of eating

22 The outcome People probably wont become thin but they will eat normally, have good relation with their body and live healthy and full lives in every shape and size The outcome

23 Before you embark on any path ask the question: Does this path have a heart? If the answer is no, you will know it, and then you must choose another path. ( Carlos Castaneda = The Teachings of Don Juan)

24 Thank you!!!


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