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Low Self Esteem and Overweight

The psychological effects of being heavy – and obesity – are often destructive. People with weight issues are commonly ridiculed by others whose weight is normal. Making fun of overweight people is widespread in today’s society. The obese are often forced to endure a torrent of psychological barbs and social denigrations. Because of this a common problem is low self-esteem, feel inadequate and are viewed as the source of their own problem.

Every social situation is potentially upsetting for people with excess weight. Spending a day at the beach or at public pools, where they have to wear clothes which are more revealing, is a difficult time. Those who decide to play competitive sports they often experience the humiliation of being the least wanted. Quite often, in school, obese or overweight children perform poorer when measured academically than their normal weight peers – they also have lower grade point averages. When they finally leave school, they have more difficulty gaining acceptance into college and securing jobs and future promotions. Hardly surprising, then, that such experiences lead to poor self esteem and self-confidence. That begins a succession of social isolation, emotional withdrawal, more overeating, caused by depression, inactivity, and further weight gain.

The body image distortion and overall body disappointment experienced by obese and overweight people are often implicated in the occurrence of negative self-worth, so may act as risk factors for depression not to mention abnormal eating patterns. One’s body image can be affected – as well as partly determined – by cultural beliefs and values about physical attractiveness and beauty.

Many heavy people generally blame any heaviness on medical issues , for example, thyroid disease. The simple fact is , less than 1% of those who are overweight or obese have any kind of hormonal imbalance, or any such other medicalcondition. While no one reasonno single reason 100 gets to the cause of the phenomenon, likely causes are poor nutrition, bad eating habits, and.

Of course there are things an obese or overweight person can do to improve her self-esteem. First, they can seek out advice from a doctor to determine just how significant the problem is, or if there really is a problem at all. People vary and some of those who appear heavy compared to the ‘average’ weight person may just be normal.

Cutting down on watching TV would be beneficial. There is a correlation between television viewing and being overweight. Most people watch an average of three hours of television every day, – do you know what is the item most frequently featured product on TV? Food! What are people most likely to do while watching TV? They eat TV would probably be better limited to a reasonable time, say a couple of hours, every day. In fact, television watching can be done while riding a stationary bike or walking on a treadmill.

Of course those who are overweight must shoulder the responsibility to defend themselves from the harm, pyschological and physical caused by being overweight. Establishing patterns of healthy eating and exercising sensibly, it is possible to overcome the enemy – weight, so that they can live and enjoy life without the burden of being weighted down because of being larger than the ‘average size.

Comments

  1. Isreal Risner says:

    Low self-esteem is a negative evaluation of oneself. This type of evaluation usually occurs when some circumstance we encounter in our life touches on our sensitivities. We personalize the incident and experience physical, emotional, and cognitive arousal. This is so alarming and confusing that we respond by acting in a self-defeating or self-destructive manner. `

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