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Louisa Latela, MSW,LCSW


I can answer questions related to emotional eating.

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I have been working with persons struggling with food/body/weight issues for nearly 2 decades. I assist people in understanding the role compulsive eating and excess weight has played in their lives, developing new self-nurturing living skills, and learning to see themselves through kind and compassionate eyes. I facilitate a support group for persons who have had weight loss surgery and are at least 10 months post-op. I also run an in-person and telephone support group for anyone struggling to gain control of compulsive eating behaviors (for more information you can visit my website I am also a My Self Design Program provider ( I speak to Bariatric Support Groups throughout the tri-state area.


National Association of Social Workers Alph Delta Mu: National Social Work Honor Society Academy for Eating Disorders


I have a column in WLS Lifestyles Magazine: Soulful Living I am an expert blogger for and I have also had articles published in Beyond Change I've written an e-workbook Live Your Highest Good: Make Peace With your Body and Food. (


Masters of Social Work from Rutgers University

Awards and Honors

Recognized by Philadelphia Magazine as a "Top Doc for Women in Eating Disorders".

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Recent Answers from Louisa Latela, MSW,LCSW

2014-11-08 sleeve procedure:

Hi Karen,  So glad that you are reaching out.... the fact that you are eating until you are sick would indicate that you are eating to satisfy emotional vs. physical hunger.  what you can do right now

2012-07-23 gastric sleeve:

hi april,    it is not within my realm of expertise to know if you will live longer if you do or do not have the surgery.   but research has shown that the health effects associated with obesity include

2012-04-29 Emotional Eating:

Hi Belinda,    Emotional eating is when you eat in response to feelings other than physical hunger i.e.anger, sadness, frustration, boredom, happiness, etc. Sounds like you are aware that you do some emotional

2011-09-26 Compulsive eating:

Hi Susan,    First of all congratulations to you for maintaining your weight loss!!!   In terms of your compulsive nibbling some things to think about: sometimes when you  tell yourself “no” it actually

2011-02-07 help with weight doc that accept medicare and tricare for lfe location in mobile alabama:

hi evelyn,  unfortunately this question is out of my area of expertise. also i am in new jersey and am not familiar with the surgeons in alabama. i would suggest that if you haven't already done so, make


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