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March 3, 2015



So in my last post I was mostly working through the anxiety of medical complications due to being pregnant while obese.  I talked about some of the things I was “at risk” for, how I expected to be treated, how I hoped to mitigate some of the risks, and how I was mana...

October 23, 2014

My husband and I recently found out the good news that we're expecting our first child.  Exciting news for anyone, and anxiety inducing news in even the calmest individual.  Now, we had been planning it for a while, and a part of my ongoing quest for health has been to...

May 8, 2014

**Warning**  - Existential crisis ahead


I've been lucky enough to be introduced to the work of Jim Maclaine, an addiction specialist, during my journey and it has really opened my eyes to a wider, more holistic view of health.  His definition of addiction speaks t...

March 27, 2014

Well...it's happening.  I have addressed my under-active thyroid, PTSD, major depression, inadequate coping skills, isolation, substance abuse, and compulsive eating...just to name a few. And as my mind has started becoming healthier so has my body. 


And now I'm a...

March 19, 2014


I am loving how this is growing right now and I love hearing from everyone!  The Redefining Obesity website is up and running, but unfortunately NOT showing up in search engine results yet.  Apparently, that takes a few months.  So, without further ado.......

February 18, 2014

As I started thinking more about how an addiction recovery model can HELP treat obesity, I also started wondering how insights into addiction recovery can inform what kind of thing can HURT binge-eaters. Et-Voila! Dry drunkeness!


What is a dry drunk, you ask? Basically...

January 15, 2014

I sit in my Drug & Alcohol group therapy on another Thursday morning.  I was in for abusing booze, not an uncommon phenomena in the Australian dominant culture, having decided that I no longer wanted to have such an unhealthy relationship with the substance.  Today fee...

December 15, 2013

Disease? Addiction? Allergy? Imbalance? Psychological Issue?


My philosophy has always been that an obese body is just a symptom of something larger (no pun intended!) going on.  For the next few posts I'm going to take an in-depth look at some of the possible contribut...

December 2, 2013


It's no secret that in Australia and the United States (my 2 countries of citizenship/expertise) obesity is highly stigmatised.  Rebecca Puhl from Yale Univeristy has written that weight discrimination rose 66% between 2001-2011 and is now on par with racial discrimin...

November 24, 2013

Now, I know I am not the only one that this bothers...


  1. Journalist decides to write a piece on ___________(choose one: exercise, food packaging, smoking, heart disease, diabetes, sugar, big junk, employee productivity, evolution, the upcoming holiday I could go on a...

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