Founder Eliza Kingsford

Eliza Kingsford media appearances on Dr. Phil, CNN, Dr. Oz, WebMD, Los Angeles Times discussing weight

Eliza Kingsford is changing the conversation about teen and young adult weight loss.

Empowered Wellness CEO & founder Eliza Kingsford, MA, LPC, NCC is changing the national conversation around healthy weight loss and weight maintenance for teens and young adults with a refreshing emphasis on positive body image and self-compassion.

She is the author of Brain-Powered Weight Loss and has been featured on CNN, Dr. Phil, Dr. Oz, WebMD, Shape Magazine, the Los Angeles Times, Health, Healthline, Mental Health Weekly, Parade Magazine and others.

She is a licensed psychotherapist, Licensed Professional Counselor and National Certified Counselor specializing in evidence-based clinical and therapeutic weight loss programs tailored to the unique needs of kids, adolescents, teens and young college-age adults.

“My life’s work is about changing the conversation around food and body. I’ve seen thousands of people struggling to find peace with their bodies. I’ve heard countless stories about shame, dissatisfaction, fear, and loss of control. Ironic, when you consider our body is the only guaranteed relationship we will always have in our lives, and food is the only guaranteed nutrient we need to survive!

Add in the impact of mainstream media, social media and societal pressures and we have a surefire recipe for disappointment when it comes to feeling good enough in our own skin.”

Her evidence-based approach emphasizes the role of the brain/weight equation and the neurological connections that link thoughts, feelings, actions, behaviors and weight. It reflects extensive professional experience in the outpatient treatment of overweight and obesity among teens and young adults, includes dysfunctional eating behaviors ranging from emotional eating to food cravings, stress eating, disordered eating and eating disorders.

It also incorporates the findings of her collaborations on multiple research projects with leading health scientists on the most effective strategies and treatments for obesity, overweight, weight loss and weight management, food addiction and emotional eating.

Eliza Kingsford emphasizes that weight is the result of a complex network of factors. It replaces outdated, simplistic “eat less, move more” advice with a biopsychosocial approach to health, happiness and weight. Even more important: it's an approach that empowers teens and young adults through practical evidence-based life skills and daily habits proven to help people achieve and sustain their goals.

The result is an approach that’s right for anyone who’s ever wanted to reach and maintain their best weight – the weight they’re happiest and healthiest at – and feel great about themselves regardless of the number on the scale.

Eliza received her masters’ degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Colorado and previously served as executive director and clinical director for several well-known therapeutic weight management programs, leading the clinical redesign of a major national adolescent and teen weight loss camp curriculum to reflect the latest science regarding the treatment of obesity and overweight in teens and young adults.

What the scientific community is saying


Robert Lustig, M.D.

Pediatric Endocrinologist & Director, Weight Assessment for Teen and Child Health Program, University of California, San Francisco, internationally-respected authority on the health impact of sugar
“Eliza Kingsford is working to make kids happier and healthier. As a clinical leader in the pediatric obesity initiative, she is taking the “bull by the horns”, and using the new science of obesity, redesigning the weight loss and health promotion protocol to benefit all children.”

Joseph Nadglowski

President and CEO, Obesity Action Coalition, leading obesity awareness advocate
“As an expert in the field of childhood obesity, Eliza has helped the Obesity Action Coalition develop a clear understanding of childhood obesity, its causes and impact. Eliza encompasses a true passion for helping children impacted by the disease of obesity, and we’re thankful for her support of the OAC and its efforts.”

Rebecca Puhl, Ph.D.

Professor of Human Development and Family Studies, Deputy Director, Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity, University of Connecticut, leading national expert on weight bias
“Eliza Kingsford understands that a critical part of health is emotional wellbeing. She sees the importance of addressing both physical and emotional health of children affected by obesity. I applaud her efforts to address the social challenges that youth face because of their weight, such as teasing and bullying, and to provide support to children and adolescents who often face these battles alone.”