Dr George Blair-West is the President and a Life Fellow of the Obesity Prevention and Treatment Society. He has been invited to share his work at the International Congress on Obesity, at the Queensland Premier’s Obesity Summit and by the Dietitians’ Association of Australia.
Dr George (as he is generally called) got into the psychology of weight loss field after having to lose weight because of a cholesterol problem. Losing it on a traditional diet he quickly put it back on again – plus more – only to realise that he had done this wearing his hat as a medical doctor, not with his understanding of motivation and how people change – which is central to his work as a psychiatrist. And so he embarked on his fascinating journey into the world of motivation and the psychology and sabotage of weight loss.
Weight Loss for Food Lovers: Understanding our minds and why we sabotage our weight loss went on to become an Australian best seller with a 2nd edition that has now been translated into Dutch and Chinese as well as being published to all of the countries in the UK and European union. It is available in Kindle form on Amazon.
As well as their children’s book he has recently published the multi-award winning book The Way of The Quest – a book he calls the ‘unlikely sequel’ to Weight Loss for Food Lovers as it came from realising how many people with a weight problem were lacking meaning and purpose in their life. The ‘Quest’ being how to find ultimate happiness through answering the elusive question: ‘What is gives me meaning and what is my purpose in life?’
As well as his clinical work with obese patients in group and individual therapy, he has been a regular contributor on national television on Channel Nine’s breakfast program the Today Show. He has also appeared on national ABC radio (Life Matters) and Sydney’s top rating talk-back radio station 2UE where his book is featured in the 2UE Booktopia Book Club.
His abiding interest is in translating proven research findings into strategies that the general public can relate to and use immediately.
For health professionals and weight loss counsellors interested in the scientific background to Dr George’s work and articles for clinicians click here to go to the site for professionals.
Dr George qualified as a doctor at the University of Queensland and then as a Psychiatrist in 1990. He now sub-specialises exclusively in only three areas of psychiatry, the psychology of weight loss, relationship difficulties and post-trauma syndromes. He comes to this work as a psychotherapist which means he helps people change primarily through teaching them new ways of thinking and feeling rather than through prescribing drugs.
Through working with people with obesity he has developed a deep understanding of the issues around weight loss. He has been enormously assisted by his wife Penny – a gifted psychologist and University medallist – who worked for some years in an eating disorders clinic and who co-authored their children’s book. He is passionate about mixing personal growth teaching with the day-to-day challenge of weight loss. Weight Loss for Food Lovers is the first book he actually finished writing!
Dr George has been married for 25 years and has two children and a Labradoodle. He enjoys mucking around with boats and cars. He loves good food and wine and sees no better way to spend his leisure time than (on or off a boat) enjoying a great meal with family or friends.