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Episode 234 - Dr. Tasha Ford: Emotional Eaters and Cultural Competency: A Collaborative Practice (part 1 of 2)

Monday, February 26, 2018, 9:21:36 AM

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In the first of a two-part podcast, our guest Dr. Tasha Ford describes her work with clients who engage in emotional eating. Dr. Ford defines the behavior and describes the unique relationship that some people develop with food. She explores the role of socialization and culture in the development of emotional eating and the personal narratives clients develop about their relationship with food.

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Average Rating: 5stars  important background on emotional eating, Sunday, February 09, 2020

By Jennifer Labruzzo :

This odcast provided insights into the key obstacles to change in eating behaviors as well as cultural and environmental considerations for effectively assisting clients with emotional eating. Dr. Ford shared how minimizing food struggles is not helpful for persons that overeat or misuse food to cope emotionally. Instead, she recommended discovering the client’s beliefs about food, and looking at the origins of these beliefs, including family traditions, childhood experiences and culture to improve the clients’ understanding of his or her behavior patterns. She explained that much how we connect with food stems from learned behaviors and messages about the meaning and value of food. Dr. Ford presents an empathetic and supportive approach to working with emotional eaters. I believe her insights into these behaviors along with coinciding examples of skills and interventions are a good basis for work with clients who eat for emotional reasons.

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Average Rating: 5stars  emotional eating, Sunday, February 10, 2019

By K. Freeman :

Dr. Ford talks about her holistic approach to eating disorders, starting with how eating disorders and unhealthy food relationships are often associated with anorexia and bulimia. However, in her experience both, personal and professional, unhealthy food relationships that lead to becoming over weight and the health concerns related to obesity are a more prevalent problem. The way Dr. Ford explains her “missing piece” of eating disorders that should be part of eating disorder dialogue; emotional eating. Interesting to think about the times that food can be used to cope with both negative and positive feelings. Food relationships are intertwined with person in environment, personal backgrounds deeply ingrained with culture and social norms around eating. The patterns people have around food behaviors that are so ingrained it is their pathology. I liked the suggestion that was given to a client to only eat when your stomach growls and notice how much more food you are eating than what your body needed. Dr. Ford also talks about the shame cycle around unhealthy food relationships and how hard they are to change. Very interesting topic. Do not forget to listen to part two episode 236.


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Average Rating: 5stars  ubssw student review, Wednesday, January 30, 2019

By Anonymous :

I thought this podcast was very interesting; particularly because over the past couple of months I have been struggling with some binge eating behaviors myself and can relate to being stuck in the so called "shame cycle". When we think of social work we don't usually think of eating patterns and behaviors but this podcast really emphasizes the importance of addressing these issues during practice. I found Dr. Ford's holistic perspective on the matter to be very interesting; relating it back to the environment that people grow up in and the meaning of food in a specific family and/or culture. Dr. Ford identifies the role of a social worker in regards to emotional eating and how this role involves addressing the emotions that are driving the eating behaviors. Dr. Ford also shared inspiring interventions to use in this kind of situation that included having the client be their own advocate and having the client learn how to forgive themselves; both which are critical in this process and a distinct part of any social work intervention. Great listen!

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Average Rating: 5stars  dr. tasha ford emotional eaters, Tuesday, February 27, 2018

By Ersie Jackson :

Very informative, it was truly refreshing to hear and feel the compassion of a Therapist.

I heard several practical applications that are very doable and applicable to other emotional areas.

I'm sitting on the edge of my seat awaiting part 2.



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