Couples, Kids, and Families

619 – When Eating and Loving Don’t Mesh

Abramson, Edward 2016
Relationship Dynamics and Weight Control Issues
EDWARD ABRAMSON

Clinical discussions of body image issues, repeated failures at dieting, and problems with obesity too often ignore the marital and sexual issues that can affect eating habits and weight control. Dieting, whether successful or not, can alter the dynamics of a relationship, and the interactions between partners can facilitate or hamper weight regulation. Using research findings and clinical examples, this workshop will focus on the role weight control issues often play in sexual difficulties and maintaining equilibrium in a relationship. You’ll learn how to:

  • Explore the differences between male and female attitudes regarding eating and weight
  • Identify patterns of eating and weight issues that can contribute to relationship conflict
  • Learn practical strategies to help clients separate concern about food and weight control from relationship issues

Edward Abramson, PhD, is the former director of the Eating Disorders Center at Chico Community Hospital. His books include Emotional Eating, It’s NOT Just Baby Fat!, and Body Intelligence.

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