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Keren Krause learnt that mind over mat­ter is the key to healthy weight loss.

She now weighs 69kg and has dropped from size 18 to size 12. I’m never go­ing to be 50kg,” she says. “I could prob­a­bly lose more but hap­pi­ness takes prece­dence.”

It’s not al­ways easy. “When I’m stressed, I can feel my mind want to buy junk,” she says. “That’s when I go, ‘That won’t serve me or do any­thing for my self-es­teem’.”

Zoe says sto­ries like Keren’s aren’t unique. Ev­ery day, she and Jodie re­ceive per­sonal mes­sages thank­ing them for help­ing them re­set their re­la­tion­ship with food and ex­er­cise. “My pa­tients of­ten talk about feel­ing em­pow­ered and lib­er­ated, and many will pro­claim, ‘It’s such a re­lief!’” she says. The pair in­spire their 23,000 Face­book fol­low­ers with mes­sages of strength and ac­cep­tance, and ad­vice.

“The Mod­er­a­tion Move­ment is caus­ing a rip­ple ef­fect,” Jodie says. “It’s help­ing peo­ple to ques­tion diet cul­ture, and if those peo­ple have an im­pact on friends, the mes­sage be­comes far-reach­ing.”

It’s a mes­sage that’s cer­tainly res­onated with Keren. As an em­balmer, she’s re­minded ev­ery day that life’s too short to spend it pun­ish­ing your­self about your body, adding, “You don’t want your last wish to be, ‘I wish I’d eaten that cake’.” Fol­low The Mod­er­a­tion Move­ment at face­book.com/mod­er­a­tion­move­ment

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