Speaking

Anne is known for her ability to weave together her inspiring findings from real-life success stories with state-of-the art information about health issues. Her motivational speaking appearances have taken place at many consumer events, including women’s conferences and expos, health fairs, and national recovery group meetings. Not long ago, she drew an audience of more than 1,000 when she spoke at the convention center in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Anne has also been an invited speaker to address both student and professional audiences
at Harvard, Cornell, Rutgers, the University of Wisconsin, and the University of Pennsylvania.

Anne has given major presentations for national meetings of the following organizations: the American Dietetic Association, American Society of Bariatric Physicians, International Diabetes Center, Congress on Women’s Health, International Association of Culinary Professionals, Society for Nutrition Education, National Fisheries Institute, SMART Recovery, Women for Sobriety, and the Kellogg Nutrition Symposium in Canada. Recently, Anne presented her findings from her latest book, Weight Loss Confidential, at the national meeting of the American Dietetic Association to an audience of more than 1,000.

“Anne did an excellent job presenting very important information in a clear and entertaining manner. At both conferences, the audiences rated her as one of the highest rated speakers among an all-star lineup.”

– Howard J. Shaffer, Ph.D.
Director, Division on Addictions, Harvard Medical School

Most Popular Topics:

LEARNING FROM LOSERS: Keys to Success From People Who Lost Weight and Kept It Off

Who better to tell us how to lose weight and keep it off than the very people who have done it? The presenter’s own frustration as a former weight treatment clinician led her to research the underpinnings of lifestyle change in more than 300 weight-loss success stories and to present her findings in five award-winning books that have received high acclaim from the media, professionals, and consumers.

In a highly motivating presentation – one filled with success stories, plus before and after photos – Fletcher shares how the adults and teens in her books lost weight, their secrets for keeping it off, how they shatter myths about weight control, and their strategies for staying motivated. She offers state-of-the art information based on her ground-breaking findings, review of scientific studies in this area, and interviews with experts. The emphasis is on sharing practical and healthy strategies that can be used for a lifetime. Everyone’s talking about our national weight problem. Finally, someone is offering solutions – from people who have “been there.”

WEIGHT LOSS CONFIDENTIAL:
Secrets of Teens Who Lost Weight – And What They Want Adults to Know

Who better to help overweight teens and their families than other teens who lost weight and kept it off? In a highly motivating presentation – one filled with teen success stories, along with before and after photos – Anne shares how more than 100 formerly overweight teens lost weight in healthy ways. She also reveals
their secrets for keeping it off, strategies for staying motivated, and messages for parents (and health professionals) about what works and what doesn’t work when trying to help kids manage their weight.

This presentation offers a cutting-edge, inspiring, and refreshing perspective on the touchy subject of adolescent weight management that not only incorporates Fletcher’s qualitative research findings but also her review of scientific studies in this area and findings from interviews with leading experts in the field. The emphasis is on sharing practical and healthy strategies that young people and their families can use for a lifetime.

SOBER FOR GOOD: Learning from People Who Have Been There

Almost 14 million American adults have a serious drinking problem: alcohol abuse or alcohol dependence. The only recovery options familiar to most health professionals and family members are Alcoholics Anonymous and formal alcohol treatment. Yet a growing body of evidence suggests that there are at least as many people who overcome drinking problems on their own or with less-familiar recovery approaches. Unfortunately, however, the vast majority of people with substance abuse problems remain undiagnosed and untreated.

When they do achieve sobriety, how do they really accomplish it – whether they go to Alcoholics Anonymous, quit drinking on their own, or seek help from lesser-known recovery programs? For this presentation, Fletcher, provides an overview of her findings from surveying and interviewing 222 “masters” of former drinking problems – people who have achieved long-term sobriety in many different ways, both traditional (AA) and nontraditional. Not only does she present the common threads among people who used a wide range of approaches for overcoming problem drinking, but she reveals ways in which many of them challenge long-held assumptions about what it takes to get sober and stay sober. She also illustrates ways in which her findings are consistent with the scientific literature on resolution of alcohol problems. The goal is to expand horizons so that more people can be helped to achieve sobriety.

MASTERS OF CHANGE: How People Overcome Problems of the Body, Mind, and Spirit

Learn about the keys to successful change from hundreds of people who have overcome major lifestyle problems – from losing weight and keeping it off to problem drinking. In this presentation, nationally known, award-winning health and medical journalist, Anne M. Fletcher, presents her discoveries about the common threads in how the hundreds of “masters” of weight control and the “masters” of sobriety in her highly acclaimed books changed for good. She reveals their secrets – which apply to all sorts of lifestyle problems – by sharing their stories and discussing their strategies for overcoming problems of the body, mind, and spirit.

RECOVERY OPTIONS: The Many Routes to Overcoming Drinking Problems

Most people think that there’s just one way to overcome a drinking problem: go to Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). (In fact, nearly 9 out of 10 percent of U.S. treatment programs are based on the 12 steps of AA.) For this presentation, Anne shares the many nationally available options for recovery – starting with a brief overview of Alcoholics Anonymous then moving to Women for Sobriety, SMART Recovery, and numerous others. Each option includes a discussion of its history and background, tenets and philosophy, logistics of accessing help, and how to determine who is best suited for that approach. A case story is used to illustrate each option. Given that most people with addictions never seek help, the goal is to expand knowledge about options for recovery so that more people who struggle can be reached.

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