Eliza Kingsford
Empowered Wellness Founder

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

Changing the conversation about teen and young adult weight loss.

Empowered Wellness CEO & co-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.

“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.”

Eliza’s approach recognizes 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 It replaces outdated, simplistic “eat less, move more” advice with a biopsychosocial approach to health, happiness and weight.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.

As clinical and executive director for national weight management programs, Eliza’s vision has been shaped through her collaborations with noted academic researchers and other practicing clinicians.

For over ten years she’s both been a leader and been mentored in body image, food addiction and recovery, dysfunctional eating and childhood obesity, building on her master’s degree in behavioral psychology from the University of Colorado.

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.

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.”