The theme of today’s article may not be relevant for you, but even if it’s not, I know it will be for someone you love. So I urge you to keep reading.

All of us know someone who is overweight and unhappy, with diabetes or without. Many of us will have heard this person (or ourselves) saying, “I haven’t got any motivation.” They are certain that if only they could summon up enough enthusiasm; they could make the changes they would like to their weight and health. However, in my experience the word ‘motivation’ is often a smoke screen for something else. Motivation actually comes easily when we really want something to change. In psychology, we call this “a secondary gain” — on the surface, the behaviour of overeating is unwanted, but it persists because it is serving a function. Those of you who have been part of my community for a while now will already know what this function is. Overeating works because it soothes some form of emotional upset.

So today, I have a gift for you. A short e-book that explains, simply and clearly, why you struggle, and more importantly why it’s okay to struggle. No telling off, guilt, or blame; just acceptance, hope, and action steps for change.

You can get your free e-book here: (It’s as relevant for you even if your overeating means you can maintain a healthy weight).

I have a vision that by 2020, 20 million people will have gained a newfound control of their struggles with emotional eating and that worldwide we have a 20/20 vision of understanding the emotional context of our obesity crisis. This short guide is a part of making that vision a reality. My invitation to you is that you read it and if you find it useful, you pass it on to someone else you might know who needs it. Or, if emotional eating is not an area you struggle with, I invite you to pass it on to someone else you know who might benefit.

Get your free e-book here:

At the end of the guide, you’ll also learn about my commitment to getting even more of this important information to as many people as possible, including how to access the first part of the pilot version of my online programme, ‘Thrive’ — a video and workbook self-help programme for just £1 (approximately $1.50).

Here’s to changing the world as we know it:


You may use this article on your website, or for your own e-zine; however, there’s one thing you MUST include: Dr. Jen Nash is a Clinical Psychologist chartered with the British Psychological Society. Dr. Jen helps her clients find solutions with simple and highly-effective psychological strategies to gain freedom from the frustration and stress of living with diabetes. To sign up for her free Diabetes Diary, visit