Case study ( 5244 views as of April 24, 2017 )
Alicia is a 34-year-old new mom to an 18 month old girl. Alicia has booked a session with a Registered Dietitian in the hope of finding solutions to her weight loss struggles. She currently weighs 200lbs is 5”8 and has a BMI of 30.7. She describes herself as always being on the heavy side.
Before her wedding 2 years ago she had a lot of success with the popular weight watchers program. She liked the recipes and found counting points fairly easy to do. She was able to lose 30lbs and kept it off until she got pregnant. She admits that when she was pregnant she “ate for two” and found she gained weight quickly throughout the pregnancy. After her daughter was born she found she’d gained back all the previously lost weight plus an additional 10 pounds.
Alicia has attempted to use the weight watchers program again but with a toddler and husband who are both “picky” eaters, she has found it most challenging. She also feels a lack of support in her weight loss efforts as her husband “doesn’t understand” why she needs to lose weight.
Alicia knows that her excess weight can have significant impacts on her health and her anxiety level around this is starting to climb. She has had many sleepless nights thinking about weight loss and her health. She is incredibly afraid of falling ill and not being able to care for her daughter.
After analyzing Alicia’s diet the dietitian is able to give her some quick tips to get started. Small dietary changes that will have big impacts. The Dietitian has also suggested booking a family session with her husband to help them find middle ground that will support Alicia’s goals.
Alicia could benefit from seeing a life coach and/or a psychologist. She may also find it helpful to see a personal trainer in order to fit in some kind of exercise regime along with her dietary changes.Author: Ms. Sarah Ware