Laura Hout

People often ask, “Is there such a thing as Food Addiction?” and the answer is a resounding “Yes!” More precisely, many people are vulnerable to highly processed junk food; for them, chemically adulterated 'food 'can be addictive. (Does anyone ever binge on carrot sticks?) Brain scans show us that hyper-palatable foods, loaded with sugar, fat and salt, can produce cravings just like alcoholics and drug addicts describe. The only problem is we can't abstain from food!

Millions of people suffer these cravings (as the obesity crisis proves) and repeat endless binge/restrict cycles. Recognized in the DSM-V in 2013, Binge Eating Disorder (BED) is influenced by adverse childhood experiences, genetics, relational, cultural, environmental stressors - and the advent of junk food. As such, there's no one-size-fits-all solution. Repeated dieting, plus living in a obesogenic environment, exacerbates BED.  Having been there herself, Laura understands understands the frustration and distress her clients feel. An outspoken advocate for those who struggle with junk food addiction, Laura developed Beyond Overeating Workshops® to help people break the binge cycle and lead healthier, more fulfilling lives

“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 settings. She sees her highest work as a collaborator, helping clients discover their own 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.

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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 in Marriage and Family Therapy. She's won top awards in songwriting and fiction writing, and interned for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Los Angeles. Published widely, Laura writes about the challenges of living in an obesogenic environment, as well as lifestyle and travel topics. More Info

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