Comfort and Compulsive Eating
Suggested session plan
|Aims of the session|
|For the group to
|1.|| The Different Meanings of Food
Round - "Food makes me feel better when I feel..........."
The giving and receiving of food are linked with feelings and emotions in many complex ways. Food is used to convey many different messages.
Discussion in pairs - think of examples of how food is used to convey messages.
Group Discussion - sharing thoughts.
|2.|| Reasons for eating
|3.|| What is comfort eating
It is very common. Recognising why you are doing it (as we have just done) is a very important step. Now you can think of how to deal with it.
Small group discussions - what else can you do in these situations other than eat? Then report back to the main group.
Discussion in pairs - think of recent lapses that you have had and discuss:-
|5.||The importance of having someone to talk to
At times when you want to turn to food for comfort it often helps to talk about what is happening and how you feel.
|6.||Group members evaluation|
|7.||What shall we do next week?|
|Publication date: January 2005
Review date: January 2010
Author: Kate Parkes, Lesley Bloomer, Karen Garvican
|Bradford Nutrition and Dietetics Service is located within Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust. Adapted from Women, Food & Health pack, 1992|