Kate, 22, recalls being bullied as early as elementary school for being overweight. "It made me feel like less of a person. I lost friends because I didn't fit the mold," she says, fighting back tears. "I think I use my weight as a shield to protect myself from getting hurt. It's a lot of years of emotional build-up."
In the video above, Dr. Phil responds: "It's astounding how people can say things that stick with you and have such a lasting effect on how you feel about yourself."
Dr. Phil, whose newest book is The 20/20 Diet: Turn Your Weight Loss Vision into Reality, suggests that if you don't get your mind and behavior right, you'll never get your body right.
"In order to get where you're going, it's critical to drop the negative baggage of where you've been," he tells Kate. "I don't want you to lose weight — I want you to lose weight and keep it off. I want you to lose weight and gain confidence. I want you to do this the right way one time so you get it off and keep it off."
Dr. Phil reveals "The Top 7 Ugly Truths About Dieting" — and a plan to inspire overcoming them — in The 20/20 Diet: Turn Your Weight Loss Vision into Reality. *
*A typical user of the Dr. Phil 20/20 Diet Plan can expect to lose about one to two pounds per week