Only because I have, albeit limited, knowledge professionally about addiction
The first step is to recognize that the person have an addiction – drugs, alcohol, nicotine, FOOD – all the same And getting there maybe cruel.
Friends and relatives may try to get through to you that you are doing an unhealthy thing but usually they do not make much of an impression.
Then one day somebody writes/ says something that really hurts or you see a photo of yourself.
Maybe it is easier to stop smoking because here there are very few places you can smoke in public and you already feel like an outcast. It works to have a negative label as a smoker.
Our neighbor is Cape Town is obese and so we did the talk thing, you have a small child which will grow up with a mother… We never knew what the husband’s attitude was. So she went for screening for a by-pass and lost the weight prior to surgery that she was supposed to. Now a year afterwards not much has changed, she does not do exercise, will take a lift to go down one floor, still fills the kitchen with jars of sweets and cookies, eats less but chooses unhealthy foods. Lost 25 Kg which you cannot even notice still has to buy 2 plane tickets if she wants to travel……
So yes we are back to motivation. And admitting to an addiction and going for treatment, but not for weight You can take a horse to the water but you cannot make it float.
I am not saying there is no Photoshop involved but….