Wellness Wednesday: Managing eating habits

The next installment of Fórsa’s new series of five live wellness webinars takes place next Wednesday (8th July) at 1pm when psychotherapist and emotional eating specialist Emma Murphy talks with rugby pundit and psychotherapist Brent Pope about eating habits.

The earlier sessions – on parenting in a pandemic and managing anxiety – are now available as a podcasts. Listen back to them HERE and HERE.

This is the third in a series of five events brought to you in association with Cornmarket to be broadcast live over the coming weeks. The weekly series features experts on a range of topics from managing anxiety to motivation at work and home.

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Wednesday will see disordered eating expert Emma Murphy delve into the world of emotional and binge eating, as we continue to grapple with the upheaval of Covid-19.


Structured solutions

CEO of Eating Freely Ltd, Emma Murphy is a disordered eating psychotherapist.

Also working as a trainer, training other professionals in working with disordered eating clients, Emma has developed a structured and evidence based programme for successfully resolving binge eating disorder.

A recipient of an Elevator Award, Emma has received recognition for her contribution to making mental health support more accessible and affordable through online offerings.

Broadcaster, psychotherapist and mental health advocate Brent Pope will host the session.

The ex-New Zealand rugby player and former professional rugby coach is best known for his work with RTÉ Sport however, the sportsman recently qualified as a psychotherapist and councillor.

Brent is also involved in several mental health charities, and is an ambassador for St Patrick’s Hospital, Pieta House and Cycle Against Suicide, amongst others.

See a short video message from Emma and Brent on why you should tune in HERE.

The series was informed by a recent survey which found that 80% of Fórsa members experienced anxiety during the Covid-19 crisis. When asked to name their top five concerns, half of respondents cited mental health and 45% mentioned physical health.

Some 29% of us are concerned about our weight and appearance, while almost a quarter (24%) are worried about money. Some 23% expressed unease about parenting.

The results reflect the stress of a period when thousands of Fórsa members have stepped up to serve in environments with greater risk of infection, with many more having to rapidly adjust to remote working.


Register for ‘Managing our eating habits’ (1pm, Wednesday 1st July) HERE.

Get more details on future Fórsa-Cornmarket ‘Wellness Wednesday’ events HERE.


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