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Get help to appreciate your body

Jul. 5, 2013
 
Kathleen George-Bol poses for a photo Thursday, June 27, 2013, at Elmergreen Associates Counseling Center in Wausau. Some people can benefit from counseling to help with issues related to weight such as depression, abuse and addictive behavior patterns, George-Bol said.
Kathleen George-Bol poses for a photo Thursday, June 27, 2013, at Elmergreen Associates Counseling Center in Wausau. Some people can benefit from counseling to help with issues related to weight such as depression, abuse and addictive behavior patterns, George-Bol said. / T'xer Zhon Kha/Gannett Central Wisconsin Media
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“The mind and body are connected. If you want to feel your best mentally, take good care of your body.”
Source: Glenn Schiraldi, The Self-Esteem Workbook

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Body image is a much written about topic by authors such as Jack Canfield and Glenn Schiraldi. They touch on the importance of positive self-image. And although researchers have studied biological causes for obesity, the human experience cannot be disregarded.

Kathleen George-Bol, M.S., licensed professional counselor at Elmergreen Associates Counseling Center in Wausau, said there is often depression, abuse and addictive behavior patterns in patients who are considered obese. There is a connection between obesity and how we were raised, she said.

That’s particularly true, George-Bol said, in the case of sexual or physical abuse, when the abuser is someone who is supposed to love the victim.

For patients who need to overcome traumatic events in order to appreciate and care for their own bodies again, she said the focus should be on understanding how to move ahead from pain.

“We can’t stay in the past, so we balance it with what we want for the future, acknowledging it but moving on,” George-Bol said. It’s a method called cognitive behavioral psychology.

Some might use food to placate feelings of pain so the emphasis in therapy is on changing thought patterns and learning to react in healthier ways.

“We need to get at those underlying core beliefs about food or the abuse and addictive behaviors,” she said.

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