Laura Hout

People often ask, “Is there such a thing as Food Addiction?” and the answer is a resounding “Yes!”

Yes, "emotional eating" gets a lot of buzz, but the fact is we live in an obesogenic environment surrounded by processed foods so chemically adulterated they resemble drugs. For some people these hyperpalatable foods can be addictive, as skyrocketing rates of obesity attest. Laura understands there are many variables that influence overeating and binge eating: genetics, adverse childhood experiences, vulnerability to addictive (junk) foods, cultural factors and emotional stressors.

Having struggled herself, she also understands the frustration—and sometimes shame—her clients feel. She developed Beyond Overeating Workshops® to help men and women break the binge cycle and lead healthier, more fulfilling lives.

For those seeking one-on-one assistance, Laura works with clients via secure video-conferencing or telephone.

“Whatever you do, or dream you can, begin it.

Boldness has genius, power and magic in it."

~ Goethe


Laura has counseled individuals, couples, families and groups in a variety of mental healthcare settings. She sees her work as a collaborator, helping clients discover their true north. As Brene Brown says: “If we spend a lifetime trying to distance ourselves from parts of our lives that don’t fit who we think we’re supposed to be, we stand outside of our story and have to hustle for our worthiness by constantly performing, perfecting, pleasing, and proving.”

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"Beyond Overeating"

Beyond Overeating® workshops help people struggling with binge eating, emotional eating, food addiction and weight loss. Binge eating disorder (BED) is the most common eating disorder in the United States. An estimated 30% to 40% of those seeking weight loss treatments can be clinically diagnosed with binge eating disorder. BED affects three times the number of those diagnosed with anorexia and bulimia combined. (source: BEDA)

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Writer / Blogger

An award-winning writer, Laura holds a Master of Professional Writing from the University of Southern California as well as a Master of Psychology. She's won top awards in songwriting and fiction writing and interned for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences at USC. Published widely, Laura writes about lifestyle trends and the challenges of living in an obesogenic environment. Currently she's a contributor at

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Published In:

Los Angeles Times

The Therapist

Santa Barbara News Press

Santa Barbara Independent

Santa Barbara Magazine

San Francisco Chronicle/Examiner


Contra Costa Times

Diablo Magazine

Bay Area Parents