There are many ways a person is affected by obesity, one of them being psychological. It can include self-esteem, anxiety, depression, eating disorders such as binge eating, bulimia and anorexia. Obese or overweight people are many a time looked down upon. It’s easy to feel bad about yourself, to become depressed or anxious when society is made to believe that being obese is wholly undesirable. People go to huge lengths to make themselves socially acceptable. Yoga, exercise, healthy diet can play an effective role in a person’s life for reducing weight but when these fails to work, people tend to go for treatments like weight loss surgery. This method can be very effective when severe obesity affect a person a lot both physically and psychologically.
Less Energy, Less Joy
Overweight people tend to have less energy than others. It takes them more effort than others to be active. They tend to lead low-activity lifestyles and become sedentary. An unfortunate circle develops where the less active people become prone to the risk of gaining still more weight and when people gain more weight, it is less likely for them to become more active. Over time, even ordinary tasks of daily life like going up a flight of stairs can lead to exhaustion and a sense of premature ageing.
In general, if a person is obese, he or she is more likely to have low self-esteem than their thinner peers. Body shaming plays a huge part in lowering someone’s self-esteem. Although it is mostly done to children sometimes even adults could be subjected to teasing and bullying. They may have trouble making new friends and their former friends may also avoid them.
With all of this turmoil, one may sometimes feel as though they don’t belong or fit in anywhere. You may see yourself as different and an outcast. You might often feel lonely. When this scenario becomes ingrained as part of the life month after month, year after year you might become sad and clinically depressed and withdraw into yourself. Also Obesity can lead to other diseases like hypertention, diabetes, sleep apnea, cholesterol, infertility etc. These diseases can in turn lead to depression. Ill-health is clinically linked to anxiety and depression.
In an ironic twist, people who are overweight might seek emotional comfort in food, adding even more calories to their plates. Along with that the other emotional peaks and valleys of life can make them overindulge in food.
Discrimination based solely on their weight is something that can be experienced by both adults and teenagers. They may have a reduced chance of landing good career opportunity than their thinner peers. Women who are overweight have a decreased likelihood of finding a good partner.
These are some of the ways that a person is affected psychologically due to obesity. Of course, there are ways to get out of it. One such way is weight loss surgery. But, remember whatever you do ask for help from your doctor or your family when you feel that obesity is burdening your life psychologically.