How can I help a morbidly obese person with an MR diagnosis set and achieve weight loss goals?
February 11, 2012 7:47 AM Subscribe
I am a Direct Support Provider working with an adult who is morbidly obese. She weighs over 500 lbs and is barely mobile. She says she would like to lose weight, but she seems unable to visualize herself doing so. What can I do to help her become more healthy?
posted by anonymous to Health & Fitness (19 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
She has an MR diagnosis, but I question it. She seems very intelligent to me, able to plan well into the future, write in nice cursive, assemble puzzles with 1000+ pieces, etc. But she has profound emotional issues which lead to binging. Because of her MR diagnosis she lives in a group facility where her behavior is under constant scrutiny, and I suspect this feeling of surveillance, because she's reasonably intelligent, intensifies her emotional dependence on food and leads her to avoid leaving her bedroom at all, except of course to prepare meals.
I have considered putting together a motivational video of people losing massive amounts of weight, or perhaps emailing her such videos regularly and maybe watching them with her. I've also considered providing a weight loss hypnosis seminar which, believe it or not, has helped people I know with less profound weight loss goals actually take steps toward them.
I'm no motivational speaker. I'm certainly not a weight loss coach. Any advice would be much appreciated.