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  • Adam Smith

Mental health: Here is how being overweight or obese can negatively impact mental health

Even as awareness about obesity and the many treatments it offers increases, people undergo a huge psychological burden due to obesity or being overweight. Women, especially, fall prey to such burdens.

Being obese in it carries a lot of psychological consequences. Being a woman who is obese adds to the psychological burden. According to a recent survey, a staggering increase of 550% in the number of obesity-related queries has been seen since last year. This indicates a growing awareness about the condition among people and an increase in the knowledge of treatments like bariatric and diets that are related to obesity. However, even as awareness increases, people undergo a huge psychological burden due to obesity, or being overweight.

General false beliefs prevalent among obese women:

  • A false belief that they are non-attractive to the opposite sex is a psychological killer. Unfortunately, this causes a lot of mental stress and they have a just feeling that they are not living their life fully.

  • Another false belief that being obese is not being beautiful is also prevalent.

  • A general feeling of inferiority complex runs in them because of the feeling of helplessness.

  • The worst psychological consequence is the false feeling of not being loved. This can indeed have an adverse effect.

Psychological and other mental health consequences of obesity:

  • They have extremely low self-esteem. This makes them shy away from social occasions and they do not mingle among their peers. To not participate in such social occasions they might avoid going by saying certain white lies in the last minute.

  • They think they have less energy than their peers and this gives the impression that they are lazy.

  • An invariably higher level of stress and anxiety can be observed in women who are obese. This stress level also induces them to binge eating. Call it a vicious cycle. This binge-eating may make them further obese. Obese women who are in the active age group of 18-30 are definitely more stressed.

  • The failed attempt aimed at reducing their weight comes to haunt them. So a streak of frustration and hopelessness runs inside them.

  • Obese women react with anger for most things that happen around them. The manifest of anger they think projects them being strong women. But they are child hearted and in actual terms they need help.

  • Obesity also causes irregular menstruation cycle. This makes them psychologically uneasy.

  • All obese women will have neuroendocrine hormonal imbalance leading to endogenous depression. This is usual and this has to be tackled.

To summarize, children who are obese are unable to express their psychological struggle and women who are obese have a sense of unease and a strong inhibition to seek help, studies and surveys have shown. Worst is, their folks at home simply do not comprehend their psychological pressure. This impartiality worsens the situation and is the main challenge that needs to be dealt with. Avoiding enforcing pre-conceived beauty standards on men and women can greatly affect reduce such a psychological burden. Remember, most big changes begin at home.


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