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Natalie has been featured as a guest speaker and expert commentator for many local media stations.  Click on the links below to be directed to the videos and interviews.

Health officials say clean eating can become obsessive disorder

Oct 09, 2014 – Tyler, TX (KLTV)

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Health officials say clean eating has become a popular trend. With that trend, a disorder called orthorexia is becoming more frequent.

“They get fixated on one certain type of eating. They actually start neglecting the other types of food that can bring them certain nutrition and vitamins and minerals, that they are not getting from the food groups that they are eating,” said Becky Henderson, Licensed Counselor with Samaritan Counseling Center of Tyler.


Clinical Dietitian Natalie Overstreet says a healthy lifestyle doesn’t start out as an obsession.

Typically the person is trying to avoid becoming overweight or getting a disease like diabetes.

“It spirals out of control as you add more and more rules, you start becoming more strict. Everything has to be pure and organic and if it’s not it does not touch your plate,” Overstreet said.

As a result they can lose drastic amounts of weight and become deficient in certain vitamins and minerals.

“They start cutting out whole food groups altogether. Dairy, bread, grains, things like that, because of the way that they are processed,” Overstreet said.

Henderson says those who suffer from orthorexia make their food choices out of fear.

“If they are truly eating healthy, then that should lead them into more freedom,” Henderson said.

The condition doesn’t just impact their health but their social life as well.

“You don’t go out to eat with your friends because you’re not going to eat what’s at the restaurant. You don’t have potlucks at work,” Overstreet said.

Experts say living a healthy lifestyle is all about balance.

“Let yourself splurge. Food is supposed to be nutritious, yet provide us with a source of pleasure at the same time,” Overstreet said.

They suggest to enjoy everything, even the healthy stuff, in moderation.

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E. Texas counties among least healthy in state

Jan 09, 2015 -Tyler, TX (KLTV)

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New data shows many East Texas counties have higher than average obesity and inactivity rates, so one organization is looking to change the shape of the region.

NetHealth CEO George Roberts said despite efforts to promote healthy lifestyles in East Texas, the behaviors leading to chronic illnesses.

“East Texas has a high rate of obesity, high rates of diabetes, higher heart disease rates,” Roberts said.


The annual Lighten-Up East Texas challenge kicks-off Friday in Tyler, and by capitalizing on the New Year’s resolutions of individuals and groups, Roberts hopes the to turn those numbers around.

Dietitian Natalie Overstreet said losing weight is more than stepping on the scale or cutting back on some of those guilty pleasure foods.

“It’s more than just calories in calories out you do have to make sure you’re eating the right type of calories to really get the most out of your workouts,”Overstreet said.

Overstreet said exercising in groups has proven to be a more successful way to lose weight than going it alone, adding that accountability plays a large role.

“You don’t want to be the only one in the group that’s not working out or not following the diet plan,”Overstreet said.

Roberts said those who participated last year in the weight loss challenge shed more than 9,000 pounds. Roberts adds that for those who drop more than five percent of their body weight will be entered to win prizes.

“Once that carrot out there that will encourage people, maybe their on the fence about should am i ready to lose weight or not,” Roberts said.

The weigh-in for Lighten-Up East Texas runs from 5-8 p.m. on Friday at the Broadway Square Mall in Tyler. Participants will have until May 9th to get in shape and weigh-out.

Click here if you want to see how your county stacks-up against other parts of the nation.

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Texas Obesity Rates (CBS19)

Aug 12, 2014 – KYTX

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(KYTX) – Texas ranks #19 nationally for obesity, and Clinical Dietitian Natalie Overstreet – along with other local experts – offers reasons and solutions for this startling fact.

Monster Energy Drink Dangers?

Oct 24, 2012 – KETK

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By Casey Claiborne TYLER — “Monster” is in hot water. The popular energy drink is getting sued by a family in Maryland.

A 14-year-old girl with a heart defect drank 2 big Monsters in a 24-hour period and died shortly thereafter from Cardiac Arrhythmia due to caffeine toxicity.

According to the lawsuit, drinking 2 24 oz. Monster drinks is just the same as drinking 14 12 oz. Cokes…and in a 24 hour period, that’s a lot. The FDA is also investigating 4 other instances of deaths involving Monsters drinks.

KETK spoke with with some college students who say they’ve given up energy drinks. “It made my heart rush real fast and then it just stopped and I’d just get a crash, you know,” said Blake Brightwell. “I’d wake up in the morning and since I’ve been dependent on caffeine, I feel groggy and I don’t want to get out of bed and so I had to taper down and — no more caffeine.”

Trinity Mother Frances Dietitian Natalie Overstreet says a lot of the dangers of energy drinks don’t even come from the caffeine, but from all that other stuff they throw in there to make it look healthy. “They contain these energy blends that are a lot of added herbal supplements that boost the effect of the caffeine,” Overstreet said.

She didn’t comment on the possibility of death from energy drinks, but she says since they’re considered energy supplements, they’re not actually regulated by the FDA, so keep that in mind.

“If you know that you have a medical condition, if you know that you’re very sensitive to caffeine, I would recommend avoiding it altogether just to be on the safe side,” she said.

Congestive Heart Failure Discharge Video

Oct 26, 2012 –  CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Health System
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Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics and the Louis and Peaches Owen Heart Hospital understand that suffering heart failure can be a life altering experience. Through this video they want you to have the information you need to lead a normal and active life and hopefully prevent future hospitalizations for heart failure.
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Oct 31, 2012 –  Tyler, TX (KTYX)
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No carbs, no fats, no sweets and no eating after 8 P.M. are actually becoming diet guidelines of the past. CBS 19 reporter Amanda Roberson takes a look tonight at some new drastic dieting trends in tonight’s special report.

Sweet Snacks & Nutrition

Jan 27, 2015 –  Tyler, TX (KYTX)
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Clinical Dietitian Natalie Overstreet, from Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics, stopped appeared live on CBS 19 news to discuss the deluge of sweet snacks hitting the market this year. From Red Velvet Oreos to sweet versions of Cheetohs, Overstreet said it is fine to sample, but don’t overindulge. And, if you want to cut out one thing in the New Year to help lose weight and be healthier, get rid of the sugary drinks!

Thanksgiving Calories

November 22, 2012 –  KETK
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Trinity Mother Frances Dietitian Natalie Overstreet talks to KETK about what you should keep in mind when eating your Thanksgiving meal this year.

Summer Nutrition

Jun 20, 2014 –  KETK
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Clinical Dietitian Natalie Overstreet stopped by the KETK Studios to discuss summer nutrition, staying hydrated and the best ways to eat right during these hot East Texas months!