The mental effects of carrying excess weight – and obesity – can often be disastrous. People with weight issues are often made fun of by others whose weight is considered ‘normal’. Jokes poking fun at overweight and obese people are common in our society. They often have to put up with a tirade of abuse and pyschological barbs in addition to not so subtle social denigrations. Because of this, they sometimes suffer from poor self-esteem and can feel inadequate. And to make things worse, they are looked upon as the source of their own problems.
Every day social situations are , or can be, embarrassing for those who are obese. Appearing in a beach or at public pools, because they wear clothes that are more revealing, tends to be an unpleasant occasion. If an overweight person decides to play competitive sports he will often undergo the disgrace of being the last ones chosen for teams.
Quite often, in school, obese or overweight children perform poorer academically than ‘normal’ weight peers and have lower grade point averages. As young men and women, many times there is more difficulty gaining acceptance into college and securing jobs and future promotions. Hardly surprising, then, that such life experiences tend to lead to poor self esteem and self-confidence. So starts a cycle of social isolation, emotional withdrawal, depression, inactivity, more overeating, and further weight gain.
The distortion of body image and overall body discontent suffered by obese and overweight people are sometimes implicated in the growth of negative self-worth, so may act as risk factors toward depression not to mention abnormal eating patterns. One’s body image may be affected and partly caused by cultural values and beliefs regarding beauty and attractiveness.
Needless to say, there are some very simple things an obese or overweight person could do to improve his/her self-esteem. For starters they could seek advice from their medical doctor to determine how significant the problem is, or if there really is a problem at all. People vary and some of those who seem to be heavy whencompared to friends and family may just be within a normal range for themselves.
They should reduce the amount of TV watching. Not surprisingly, there’s a link between being overweight and watching television. The average person watches at least 3 hours of television every day, and guess what is the item most commonly featured product on TV? Food. So guess the most likely thing people do when watching TV? They eat food. Watching TV should be limited to a reasonable time, say a couple of hours, every day, as a maximum. In fact, television watching could be done while using home exercise equipment like treadmills and stationary bikes.
Those who are overweight must shoulder the responsibility to shield themselves from the harm, physical and pyschological brought about by being obese. By establishing patterns of healthy eating and exercising sensibly, they can conquer the challenge of being overweight, so that they can live and enjoy life and not be weighted down by being larger than the ‘normal’ size.
Related articles about Obesity:
- Guest Post: Child Obesity and Self-Esteem (blisstree.com)
- The Bigger, The Better: Can Glorifying Obesity Lead Blacks To Early Graves? (urbanbellemag.com)
- Why Heavier Models Will NOT Become the Norm (diet-blog.com)
- Too Fat For Reality: Is TV Exploiting Obesity? (cinemablend.com)
- What is the Clinical Definition of Obesity? (brainz.org)