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Looks Can Be Deceptive
Ginette Lenham
When Weight Matters
I receive reminders on a daily basis as to why it is important to listen carefully to our clients, and to suspend all assumptions and judgements about their world or life. Many years ago, when my chil...
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The Subtle And Not So Subtle Hurt In Many Relationships And Families, When it Comes To Weight Management.
Ginette Lenham
When Weight Matters
The Subtle And Not So Subtle Hurt In Many Relationships And Families, When it Comes To Weight Management. One question I ask my clients is who do you have supporting you thought this process? I ask th...
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What Does Asking Our Patients to "Do The Work"Even Mean?
Ginette Lenham
When Weight Matters
I've been mulling this over for some time now wondering if I can articulate my concerns about asking our patients/clients to "do the work". My main concern is that while whatever technique, theory, me...
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The Importance Of A Strong Therapeutic Relationship When Working With People Living With Obesity
Ginette Lenham
When Weight Matters
Reaching out for help and support when you are vulnerable is never easy.  The weight loss market place has become cluttered and crowded with noise and  such ridiculous promise...
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There Is A Unique Sadness That Comes From Not Being Believed, Time And Time Again.
Ginette Lenham
When Weight Matters
If somebody reaches out for help with weight management, it is often one of many repeated attempts to ask for help and support. When listening to people's history and past experiences, I've realized h...
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Some Things To Consider When Behavioural Change Might Seem Too Hard
Ginette Lenham
When Weight Matters
Just like any chronic complex health condition, obesity management needs careful and ongoing interdisciplinary care. This might be any combination of medication, surgery along with dietary and exercis...
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The Shaming Needs To Stop
Ginette Lenham
When Weight Matters
There is a teeny corner of the health service providers who are working in the area of obesity that I sit in as a counsellor. The research and understanding of the complexities of obesity are so impre...
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TWO, OR MORE THINGS CAN BE TRUE AT THE SAME TIME
Ginette Lenham
When Weight Matters
TWO, OR MORE THINGS CAN BE TRUE AT THE SAME TIME If we can accept that two or more things might be, and, or are true at the same time we open up the capacity for another layer of support for our patie...
New Year, Same Tired Narrative On Repeat. But There is Hope, There Really Is
I Would Love This To Be The Year Where The Narrative Shifts In The General Public,So The Shaming & Blaming Of Individuals Living With Excess Weight Stops.
Ginette Lenham
When Weight Matters
When we ask people to walk a mile in someone else's shoes when thinking what it might be like to be going through something sad or challenging, I wonder why it is so different for the general populati...
How-Are-You-Really-2022 The Layers Of Support We Can Offer Our Patients, Are As Varied As The Person Themselves.
How Else Can We Best Support Our Patients ?
Ginette Lenham
When Weight Matters
When we help our patients living with obesity, whether it is through surgery, medication, behavioural change, or a combination of interventions there are many other factors that declare themselves in ...
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Why I Think Tough Love Rarely Works When It Comes To Weight Management
Ginette Lenham
When Weight Matters
After listening to thousands of people's stories when seeking help for weight loss and long-term weight management, a recurring sentiment is one of self-flagellation, self-loathing, incredibly high ex...
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What Does The Natural Way Even Mean?
Ginette Lenham
When Weight Matters
I've been reflecting lately on the way the discussion about  weight in some circles still relegated to the personal responsibility realm. This spills into the natural vs medical debate among many...
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More Often Than Not, It Is Not An Excuse, It Is A Valid Reason
Ginette Lenham
When Weight Matters
I have listened to hundreds of people over the years, who, have been told that they are just making excuses, when they have  not been able to follow the advice they have been given. I challenge t...
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I Care About You, But.....................
Ginette Lenham
When Weight Matters
There is something that I have observed over the years while working in the area of long-term weight management that seems to slip through the cracks when it comes to care and support. What I not...
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My Room Is Crowded With People Who Are Not Physically In The Room
Ginette Lenham
When Weight Matters
There is something that comes up over and over again in my conversations with people living with obesity that is so upsetting and painful for them. I am heartened by the advocacy and the medical ...
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The Importance Of Being Believed
Ginette Lenham
When Weight Matters
Not being believed is a horrible feeling. Not being believed over and over again is a really horrible feeling. Being blamed for what you are not being believed about is also a really awful feeling. Be...
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If It Was That Simple, It Wouldn't Be So Hard
Ginette Lenham
When Weight Matters
Some things to do with our weight, our height and our health are simply out of our control. For example no amount of nutritious food, exercise and positive thinking will make me taller or make my legs...
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My Reflections On World Obesity Day (March 2022)
Ginette Lenham
When Weight Matters
 My Reflections On World Obesity Day (March 2022) It was world obesity day on Friday March 4th and I was reflecting on the many treatments that are available for people living with obesity, ...
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Why Using "Guilt Free" As a Message To Sell Food Is Counterproductive
Ginette Lenham
When Weight Matters
Every time I read the words or hear the words "guilt free" I feel a slight tinge, and sometimes a great tinge of discomfort. When the words "guilt free" are used when discussing food and eating, espec...
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Trauma Informed Care Can Play An Important Role In Weight Management Counselling
Ginette Lenham
When Weight Matters
It is so important to have a space, a place and a time where you can share your story. And, when you share it, you are given the care, respect and space you need to feel safe. Safe from harm, safe to ...

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