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Book review: I Can Beat Obesity! Finding the Motivation, Confidence and Skills to Lose Weight and Avoid Relapse

District nurse Kath Williamson reviews I Can Beat Obesity! Finding the Motivation, Confidence and Skills to Lose Weight and Avoid Relapse 

I Can Beat Obesity! Finding the Motivation, Confidence and Skills to Lose Weight and Avoid Relapse

Nicola Davies

Jessica Kingsley Publishers

£13.99 | 160pp

ISBN: 9781785921537

This journal-style workbook contains distinct sections: knowledge to beat obesity, preparing to beat obesity, beating obesity and beyond obesity. An ‘over to you’ section usefully concludes each chapter, giving readers valuable reflection space. A chapter on beating obesity is the biggest; tackling emotional, cognitive, behavioural, social, dietary and physical well-being.

This is the book’s strength, using health psychology’s holistic approach towards sustainable behaviour change. It counters the plethora of weight loss books that dictate specific food regimens, while failing to consider the subconscious behaviour patterns that influence our ability to eat less and move more. However, it is a shame then that it fails to signpost further relevant resources, particularly regarding dietary and physical advice. 

Overall, it’s a useful introduction to a health psychology perspective that nurses can offer to their patients seeking sustainable weight loss.


Reviewed by Kath Williamson, district nurse and NRS Research Fellow, NHS Lothian.

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