Overcoming my secret eating rituals

How I broke the vicious cycle of overeating

Debbie Stewart has been obese since childhood. She turned to Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) techniques, giving her a psychological approach to weight loss and helping her to lose 10 and a half stone in a year.

debbiebeforeWhen Debbie Stewart was a little girl, she’d get up before the rest of the family woke on weekends, raid the kitchen cupboard and head down to the beach. Once there, she start tucking into biscuits, chocolate, crisps, bread and cheese.

“To this day, I can’t pinpoint exactly why I did this,” says Debbie. “I realise that it was certainly to do with emotion and this emotional response has stayed with me for as long as I can remember. When I was happy, I ate; when I was sad, I ate.”

“Instead of taking an approach to lose weight, I continued eating because it comforted me. Food was filling the big void I had in my life. I knew I had an issue but I kept telling myself I was too far gone to get help and this made me sad, so I ate more – it was a vicious circle.”

When her middle sister Katie invited her to be a bridesmaid at her wedding, Debbie couldn’t bear the thought of looking fat in the photos. Having seen what she looked like at her elder sister Carrie’s wedding and with 10 months to go until the big day, Debbie chose a weight loss plan that included group counselling, using Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) techniques.

A year on, Debbie is ten and a half stone lighter. To read more of her story, click here.

“I firmly believe that in order to better yourself, you need to tackle the emotional issues. Anyone can lose weight if they make the effort, but unless you tackle the root of the problem, sustaining a healthy, happy life will be hard."

Debbie Stewart