The Impact Of Coaching On Adults With Obesity

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The Impact of Coaching on Adults with Obesity
Andrea Bellamy
Liberty University

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 United States is obese, with many of these individuals suffering from an increased risk of chronic diseases such as hypertension, diabetes and cancer. Statistics from The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (as cited in Travis & Ryan, 2004) reveal that the incidence of obesity among adults in the United States has risen 60 percent since 1991. With almost 2.8 million people per year dying from obesity, it is important that interventions targeting risk factors associated with obesity (lifestyle choices, unhealthy diet, and insufficient physical activity) are established and implemented (Kivela, Elo, Kyngas, & Kaariainen, 2014).
Health coaching is an intervention that can be utilized not only to enhance the wellbeing of individuals who…
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