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In hopes of helping these teens and their families, counselors Yvonne and Rich Dutra St. John will lead them all in a groundbreaking workshop to uncover the truth behind their struggles with weight. The first time Rich and Yvonne were on The Oprah Winfrey Show, they introduced us to their High School Challenge Day. "It was such a powerful tool for change that we wanted to bring them back to work with these overweight teens who are in crisis," Oprah says.

"Today what we are intentionally doing is inviting a conversation around food, around weight, about the emotions behind the weight—because it's not about our weight," Yvonne says. "It's 'What is the hunger for? What are we hungry for?'"

Rich explains that the goal for the workshop is always about bringing people together. "But here it was [also] to make a safe place for all these young people to be able to tell the truth about what's going on in their life and what's behind the eating," he says.
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FROM: Obese Families in Crisis: The Intervention
Published on January 26, 2009
As a reminder, always consult your doctor for medical advice and treatment before starting any program.

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