Presenting problem: Comfort Eating
Treatment modality: BWRT
Number of sessions: 1
D has got in touch asking for help with comfort eating, explaining that he is overweight and frustrated with both life and himself; he’s been in the same job for nearly two decades and, whilst it isn’t stressful, he yearns for a more rewarding career.
He has recently embarked on a course of learning in the field in which he wants to work, which he is really excited about. However, although he’s committed to the year-long study programme, he admits to feeling fearful of failing.
It is easy to understand why D is feeling anxious about changing career.
He has a young dependent family and his current job is safe and steady – such a bold move is full of risk. But at this moment in time he is feeling trapped in a cycle of anxiety about the future and an increasing dissatisfaction with the present, proportionate to his expanding waistline.
Talking it through now, D reveals that the main problem is overeating during his regular night shifts.
He complains of becoming bored once he’s a few hours into his shift and completed all his work. Each evening, his wife prepares a meal for him to eat during the night, which he consumes soon after arriving.
Later on, when boredom sets in, he has got into the habit of visiting the company vending machine to purchase hot sausage rolls. It is these visits, he knows, which are responsible for his weight gain. Every day he resolves not to buy anything from the machine and every night his willpower dissolves.
Exploring why he can’t resist these nightly visits to buy sausage rolls, D recognises that his habit of going to buy extra food has become a source of comfort, as well as an excuse to take a break. Knowing that he will still need to interrupt the monotony of the long shifts, D decides that he will continue with his usual route out of the building to stretch his legs but instead replace his old habit of eating pastries with drinking a glass of water, poured from the water cooler next to the vending machine.
We set to work using BWRT to help D change the unwanted behaviour pattern into his preferred way of responding to the nocturnal boredom.
During our follow-up phone call two weeks later, D is ecstatic to report that he hasn’t bought a single sausage roll since our session.
What’s more, not only has he lost weight but the knock-on effect of feeling more in control of his behaviour has helped him to feel much more relaxed about what the future might hold, knowing that he will make the right decisions, when the time comes.
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