The Underlying Issues of Obesity

First of all, I must say that I have always disliked the word “obesity”. The only word I dislike more is the word “fat”.
Being “overweight” is defined as an excessive amount of body weight that may come from muscles, bone, adipose (fat) tissue, and water. “Obesity” is defined as an excessive amount of adipose tissue.

What are the most prevalent issues surrounding obesity?

  • The most common challenge is in the area of emotional eating – we literally “eat” our feelings.  This self medicating behavior occurs both consciously and subconsciously.
  • Another issue surrounds the lack of exercise, which often comes from a loss of motivation.
  • Often there is stuck energy – in areas of our life where there has been trauma.
  • We often eat to fill up empty spaces -– the feelings of loneliness, abandonment and sadness urge us to the “soothing” comfort of food –- albeit only temporarily.

Here is the good news – all of these underlying issues come from the inside and they can be changed easily and effortlessly!


Gerri Levitas, Certified Hypnotherapist,is the founder of the Inside Out Weight Management Program. The Inside Out Weight Management Program provides a unique, comprehensive approach to weight loss and weight management that combines proven mind/body relaxation techniques and the most balanced and healthy food plan possible.

Singin’ the Blues – and How to Change the Tune!

jumping-for-joyYou know the feeling -– when everything seems to be “off”, you are not on your game, and quite frankly, you feel lousy.


In a funk…down and out…there are many expressions for this feeling. The music industry is loaded with soulful, sad songs. Does it actually make us feel better to listen to these lyrics? Does misery really love company?


More importantly, what can we do to get ourselves out of the rut?


Here is a powerful tip that I have found to be helpful – with myself and with my clients.


Get moving!


Moving into action helps release the stress and shifts both body and mind towards positive energy.


We free up a tremendous amount of energy when we move our bodies. Our bodies were designed to move. Too often when we are stressed we forget to move; we can even forget to breathe deeply.


Spending too much time in our thoughts prevent us from clear thinking and clear decisions. Moving your body will free up energy –- not just physical, but mental as well.