The interview I conducted showed the behavioral, cognitive and social change my father went through in order to lose weight. His process of weight loss was a lengthy one spanning many years and many stages. The transtheoretical model illustrates his progress and the steps he needed to complete to attain his weight loss goal.
The subject of my interview was my father, Daniel Lorenzetti. He turns 60 this year and he has struggled a good part of his adult life with being obese. The struggle to acknowledge, accept and commit to change was not an easy one and is an ongoing process. He has successfully changed his lifestyle behavior to accomplish his goals and will continue to strive for better health and longevity.
My father grew up in Peru in a middle class family that had servants and cooks and lived a fairly social lifestyle. His family life revolved around food. They were always parties with tons of food and drink. Entertaining and feeding your guest was the social status in their community. My father moved to the United States when he was 13. His father got a job at a restaurant as a waiter and eventually became the restaurant owner. A major part of my father’s upbringing was in the restaurant business. My father worked as a bus boy when he was young. During school, he was active; played sports such as basketball and soccer. He continued his sports activity throughout college but worked at the restaurant on the weekends and began eating and drinking heavily. At this point in his life, he had not gained weight and was an average weight mainly due to the fact that he was still active and exercising. After college, he took over the restaurant from his father and eventually became the owner. His sedentary lifestyle caused him to gain weight. He stopped being active and was still eating often at the restaurant. It was a slow progression through the years, his activity decreased from to year to year to almost none afterwards. The...