Key facts
•Worldwide obesity has more than doubled since 1980.
•In 2008, 1.5 billion adults, 20 and older, were overweight. Of these over 200 million men and nearly 300 million women were obese.
•Nearly 43 million children under the age of five were overweight in 2010.
•a BMI greater than or equal to 25 is overweight, 30 is obesity Serious Health Ramications of Obesity
•Overweight and obesity constitute the fifth leading causes of deaths globally. At least 2.8 million adults die each year as a result of being overweight or obese. In addition, 44% of the diabetes burden, 23% of the ischaemic heart disease burden and between 7% and 41% of certain cancer burdens are attributable to overweight and obesity. (WHO, 2011) Obesity is entirely preventable. There are many explanations for its cause, the narrowest of which are lifestyle choices which include wrong food choices and habits that are too sedentary. Other theories for why people choose to over-eat include the suppression of overwhelming emotions such as loneliness, fear, anger, depression or anxiety. Other theories mirror the theories of all addictions, a rush of “feel good” hormones and neurotransmitters enter the bloodstream after eating, encouraging the continuation of the behavior of ingesting foods without a sense of adequate control. In other words, obese people, like drug addicts, may be trying to compensate for an abnormal response to dopamine, the neurotransmitter that mediates reward-seeking behavior. This anomaly may cause them to douse themselves continuously with food. (A multifaceted strategy is needed to treat addiction: Pharmaceuticals, biofeedback and group therapy all have their place. OBESITY AND ADDICTION Scientific American. While there is a scarcity of research conducted specifically on biofeedback as it relates to obesity. Many studies on biofeedback and addictive behaviors have been completed; the outcomes of which consistently show biofeedback as able to promote an increase in internal levels of locus of control. Because of its proven ability to improve locus of control, and a sense of autonomous self-efficacy, biofeedback is very likely to provide positive outcomes for those seeking to stop over-eating and begin taking charge and properly manage a healthy weight.
In addition, several of these studies have also shown biofeedback to be effective in reducing signs of depression and anxiety concomitant with addictive disorders, like alcoholism and substance abuse, by increasing their ability to access theta and alpha brainwaves associated with feelings of well being. Logic dictates then that biofeedback would very likely benefit people who suffer from food addictions derived from “emotional eating”. Biofeedback has been proven to reduce symptoms of pain, depression, stress and anxiety that can trigger episodes of over-eating, while at the same time improving energy and sense of well-being; two contributing factors in generating stronger locus of control in over- eating and in making healthier lifestyle choices overall. In addition, biofeedback can help reduce hypertension & diabetes which often comes hand in hand with obesity, while helping clients gain control over their responses to stress.
Dr. George Grant, Ph.D., I.M.D.

Author's Bio: 

Prof. Dr. George F. Grant, Ph.D., I.M.D., M.Sc., M.Ed., B.Sc., C.Chem., R.M., BANHS, C.B.S.
Specialist in Natural/Integrative Medicine, Stress Management, Toxicology, Nutrition, Pain & Biofeedback.
Canada’s Pioneer in Neutraceutical and Quantum Integrative Medicine, world-class professional speaker, corporate trainer, and author. Dr. Grant conduct regular Lunch & Learn Seminars forhis fortune 500 clients worldwide. He also helps Non Profit Organizations and private clients worldwide through our mobile clinics. Prof. Dr. George Grant is considered by his peers as Canada’s Wellness Champion. Founder & CEO of Academy of Wellness in 1983. Dr Grant enjoys a stellar academic background as well as a fascinating career in research. He is an Integrative Medical Doctor, Scientist, Professor, Analytical Chemist, Toxicologist, Pharmacologist, Microbiologist, Nutritionist, Biofeedback, Stress Management & Pain Specialist, and Indoor Air Quality Specialist. Dr. Grant is an Analytical Chemist, Toxicologist, Microbiologist, Nutritionist, Biofeedback, Stress Management, Pain Management, Anti Aging and Indoor Air Quality Specialist. Founder of the Academy of Wellness, 1983. Author of 7 best selling books, former Scientist at University of Saskatchewan’s Faculty of Pharmacy and Nutrition, Professor at Seneca College in Toronto, and Senior Consultant for Health Canada. Dr. Grant is among International Who’s Who of Professionals. He has 100 published articles, conference presentations, book reviews and 7 bestselling books, including a chapter in 100 ways to improve your life with Mark Victor Hanson, the author of Chicken Soup for the Soul. Helped 7 Olympic athletes to remain competitive. Dr. Grant helped thousands of his clients, corporations and non profit organizations worldwide.
Dr. Grant completed his doctorate degree from the University of Toronto; doctorate in Integrative and Humanitarian Medicine from the Board of Orthomolecular and Integrative Medicine (BOIM); Masters Degree from Brock University; Masters of Science in Food Chemistry, Microbiology, and Toxicology from the University of Saskatchewan; B.Sc. (Hons.) University of B.C. in Food Science and Nutrition; Bachelor of Technology, B. C. Institute of Technology (BCIT); and B.Sc. (Hons.) in Biochemistry from the University of Alexandria. He is certified as a Biofeedback/Pain Specialist [CBT] from BANHS[Board of Advanced Natural Health Science] and NTCB[Natural Therapies Certification Board].