Emotional Eating: a Rising Epidemic

Pastoral counselor and recovered bulimic offers guidance to effectively treat symptoms of disordered eating

Nov 22, 2013, 07:38 ET from Olive Branch Outreach

PORTLAND, Ore, Nov. 22, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- The epidemic of negative body image continues to sweep across this nation. Millions of people look in the mirror and are disgusted with the image.  More than 30 million people suffer from a diagnosable eating disorder in the United States; yet millions more are caught in the web of emotional eating patterns.

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For more than 10 years, pastoral counselor and author Kimberly Davidson has helped women with negative body image. Davidson herself found spiritual and physical restoration from an eating disorder and brings a clear message of hope and recovery in the updated edition of 'I'm Beautiful? Why Can't I See It? Love Yourself and Love Your Body In 12 Weeks.'  She has worked with many people who've tried every kind of diet, who've experienced the agony of defeat, suffered with shame, and felt hopeless when it comes to balancing their life. "Millions of people are trapped in an unhealthy relationship with food, and typically uses food to soothe uncomfortable emotions," said Davidson.

After receiving her master's degree in specialized women's ministry and her board certification in biblical counseling, Davidson knows how to speak to her audience about the importance of living a healthier life, free from food addictions and the heartache of constantly wanting the perfect body. "Recovery is not just about making peace with food and developing healthy eating habits. Unhealthy eating behaviors and food addictions feed off our God-given needs and desires for love, acceptance, and dignity," said Davidson. "Anyone who suffers from disordered eating, negative body image, and low self-esteem needs unconditional love and acceptance, and the power of truth and forgiveness. Willpower is not enough. With "God-help" there are no limits to recovery. People can and do change," she added.

Davidson's desire is to share this experience and offer a specific 12 week plan. The book is a spiritual and psychological guide to break free from food addictions and emotional eating through the use of Scripture, biblical counseling action steps, and other people's personal experiences.

Kimberly Davidson is available for media interviews and speaking engagements. She can be reached using the information below or by email at kim@kim-davidson.com. More information is available at her website. 'I'm Beautiful? Why Can't I See It? Love Yourself and Love Your Body in 12 Weeks' is available at Amazon and other online book retailers.

About Kimberly Davidson:  Kimberly Davidson received a MA from Western Seminary, Portland, Oregon, a BA from the University of Iowa, and is a board certified biblical counselor. She the founder of Olive Branch Outreach, an organization dedicated to bringing hope and restoration to those struggling with body image, abuse, and food addiction. Kimberly is the host of Every Body Matters on BlogTalkRadio. She is also a leader with ARMS (Abuse Recovery Ministry Services) and a Guest Instructor at Western Seminary on the subject of Eating Disorders and Body Image. Kimberly is the author of five books.

Media Contact: Kimberly Davidson, Olive Branch Outreach, 503-319-2841, kim@kim-davidson.com

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