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Helping Patients Outsmart Overeating: Psychological Strategies for Doctors and Health Care Providers
Koenig, Karen R. and Paige O’Mahoney
Rowman & Littlefield / Hardcover / 2017-01-01 / 1442266627
Eating Disorders
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236 pages
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Helping Patients Outsmart Overeating, written by a physician and an eating disorders therapist, offers a new paradigm for doctors and health care providers who treat patients with eating and weight concerns. It describes how both providers and patients are frustrated by weight-loss plans and programs that fail long-term, and presents a science-based explanation for why diets fail and how they, in fact, may adversely impact patients’ mental and physical health. The book teaches providers to replace the shaming and scare tactics they were trained to use with patients who overeat and have weight concerns with the kinder and more successful strategies of empathy, compassion, motivational interviewing, and a weight-inclusive approach. The book explains how the “psychology of eating” and a focus on awareness, attunement, and effective self-care — not weight — improve patient self-efficacy and sustain motivation so that patients can attain and maintain their eating and fitness goals. There is also focus on providers’ weight bias and how weight stigma and providers’ own eating and weight concerns may negatively impact the provider-patient relationship. The book introduces providers to Intuitive Eating, Lifestyle Medicine, Health and Wellness Coaching, and a weight-inclusive paradigm. It details a collaborative model for working with ancillary disciplines to give patients and providers the comprehensive support needed for success.


1: Why Doctors Are Frustrated
2: Why Patients with Eating and Weight Concerns Are Frustrated
3: How Diets Kill Motivation And Make People Fatter
4: Introducing The Dysregulated Eater
5: How Dysregulated Eaters Become “Normal” Eaters
6: Why Don’t Patients Listen To Me About Eating Better?
7: Strategies to Help Patients Achieve their Eating and Health Goals
8: Supporting Patients and Providers In Attaining and Maintaining Success
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About the Authors:

Karen R. Koenig, LCSW, M.Ed., is a psychotherapist, eating coach, blogger, educator, and international author of six previous books on eating, weight and body image. An expert on the psychology of eating, she has been in practice for over 30 years. Her books are popular with overeaters, chronic dieters, and binge-eaters who want to end the diet-binge cycle and make peace with food. She practices out of Sarasota, Florida and her website is

Paige O’Mahoney, MD, is a health and wellness coach, Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor, and founder of Deliberate Life Wellness, LLC, a collaborative coaching and medical education initiative whose mission is to promote compassionate care, highlight resources and experts, and change the conversation about weight and wellness among patients, clinicians, and policy makers. A member of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM) and the Lifestyle Medicine Education Collaborative (LMEd), she develops medical and health education training materials on topics related to healing overeating and reclaiming a deliberate, satisfying life. She also facilitates individual and group coaching and strategic meal planning workshops in Columbus, Ohio. Her website is

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