The Impact Of Coaching On Adults With Obesity

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The Impact of Coaching on Adults with Obesity Andrea Bellamy Liberty University Abstract Obesity is a major issue in the United States. Not only is it a risk factor for other chronic diseases such as hypertension and diabetes, but it also has a significant impact on a person’s long term health and wellness. Research has identified health coaching as an effective intervention for decreasing obesity in adults. This paper described the purpose/need of health coaching, effective techniques involved in the coaching process, its impact on adults with obesity. The Impact of Coaching on Adults with Obesity According to DeLaet and Schauer (2011), approximately one third of the population in the…show more content…
Health coaching is client-oriented and works to establish behavior changes in order to improve the quality of a person’s life (Kivela et al., 2014). This paper will describe the purpose/need of health coaching, effective techniques involved in the coaching process, and its impact on adults with obesity. It will also identify how the effectiveness of health coaching on obesity will impact the author’s coaching business, methods of practice, and the author personally. According to Wong-Rieger & Rieger (2013), the addition of health coaching is significantly more effective than health education alone. Health coaching involves motivating clients to identify and achieve goals that can help them to improve their health and quality of life (Kivela et al., 2014). Health coaches help clients to identify and overcome obstacles that affect their ability to make positive health choices (Kivela et al., 2014). Health coaches are not experts, but rather they work together with their clients to set goals, problem solve and hold the client accountable for their actions (Wong-Rieger & Rieger, 2013). Because of the significant increase of obesity in the United States, researchers believe that behavioral factors play more of a vital role than biological factors in the development of obesity (Newnham-Kanas, Irwin, Morrow & Battram, 2011). This is why an effective health coaching approach combines several
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