Episode 236 - Dr. Tasha Ford: Emotional Eaters and Cultural Competency: A Collaborative Practice (part 2 of 2)

Monday, March 26, 2018, 8:03:55 AM

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In the second of a two-part podcast, our guest Dr. Tasha Ford continues her discussion about emotional eating. She focuses on conceptual frameworks and strategies to assist clients to change their eating behavior. Dr. Ford describes the role of social work education, multidisciplinary approaches, mindfulness, and grassroots activities in addressing the individual and sociocultural impacts on emotional eating and behavior change.

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Average Rating: 5stars  interventions !! assignment, Sunday, February 09, 2020

By Angela Tewa :

Dr. Tasha Ford provided a very educational podcast on emotional eating and the cultural competency that surrounds it. When I think of emotional eating, I simply think of someone who is stressed and eats a lot. It seems as though many people have that common misconception, that it is that simple. Dr. Tasha Ford shed light on everything it could possibly entail to the mentality of the behaviors of an emotional eater to the lack of education on it. She states that it should be a common subject in schools on interacting with an emotional eater. This is something I definitely agree with because emotional eating is apart of mental health. Mental health, in this day and age is a more acknowledged topic. So, this needs to become more of a focus because it is often overlooked. People often think emotional eating is so easy to get over. Dr. Ford compared this to people making comments such as, "Just make a different decision". She says that same person would not provide such commentary for a cigarette smoker who has been smoking for 30 years that is trying to quit. People underestimate the issue of emotional eating and the impact it has on individuals' mental health and physical health. She also stated that the health care system needs to be more proactive than reactive. A lot of the poor interactions with emotional eaters, the lesser access to help for them is due to that discrepancy.

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Average Rating: 5stars  emotional eating part 2, Sunday, February 10, 2019

By K. Freeman :

In part two, Dr. Ford goes into more details about emotional eating and teaching her clients to realize and acknowledge their honest feelings about food. The why, when, and where of emotions behind eating. Dr. Ford mentions the stigma or lack of understanding people may experience in families where they are the only overweight member. Weight loss is simple math, move more and eat less; but that does not add environmental factors such as how you were brought up to eat, what you eat, and emotions around the foods you choose to eat. It is not as simple as move more and eat less. Dr. Ford likens unhealthy food relationships to smoking cigarettes; you can tell a smoker stop smoking, the same as you can tell someone don’t eat that and get similar results (no changed behavior). Society has accepted that smoking is hard to quit, but there is still a stigma around unhealthy food choices and obesity. It was interesting to hear the comparison of Dr. Ford’s work to the medical model. The Medical model is reactive, surgery and stomach bands, whereas Dr. Ford works with the root of where unhealthy food relationships began, and that could even be generational. I did not have to look father than my personal experiences to have light bulbs go off throughout this entire podcast. I have watched relatives slowly pass from obesity and have listened to their dialogue about knowing they should lose weight but needing to reward achievements with food. This podcast gave me a better understanding of the environmental, emotional responses of reaching for comfort food.

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