Low Self-Esteem From Being Overweight

Foreword By The Author

The mental effects of being overweight or carrying excess weight are often devastating. People with weight issues are often ridiculed by others who have normal weights. Jokes poking fun at overweight and obese people are familiar to us all in today’s society. Heavy people are forced to suffer a tirade of psychological barbs and social denigrations. As a result, they suffer low self-esteem, can feel inadequate and are frequently considered as the source of their own problems.
Mike Alexander
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Social Isolation

Low Self-Esteem From Being Overweight
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Everyday social situations are , or can be, embarrassing for overweight people. Spending a day at the beach or public swimming pools, where they wear clothes that are more revealing, is a socially awkward time. Those who decide to play competitive sports find they often undergo the degradation of being the least wanted. In school, obese or overweight children tend to perform poorer when measured academically than ‘normal’ weight peers and have lower grade point averages. Leaving school as young adults, they often have more difficulty gaining acceptance into college and securing jobs and future promotions. It is no wonder then, that over time, these experiences tend to lead to poor self esteem and a lack of confidence. Thus an unfortunate cycle of social isolation, emotional withdrawal, more overeating, depression, inactivity and further weight gain, begins.

Body Image

The distortion of body image and overall body discontent experienced by obese and overweight people are often implicated in the growth of negative self-worth, and can serve as a risk factor leading to depression as well as further abnormal eating behaviours. Body image can be affected and partly shaped by such things as cultural beliefs and ‘norms’ to do with attractiveness.

Aa a result, a lot of overweight people blame their excess weight on personal medical problems like thyroid disease. The simple fact is that less than one percent of those who are overweight have any real hormonal imbalance, or any other causative condition. While there is rarely one single reason for the condition, likely causes are poor nutrition, bad eating habits and lack of exercise.

Solutions For The Overweight

Needless to say, there are things an obese or overweight person might do to improve his or her self-esteem. For starters they should consult their physician to determine just how serious the problem is, or if there is really a problem. Everyone is different and some of those who might appear fat compared to their family or friends really are sometimes just slightly overweight, or not at all.

Cutting down on watching TV would be beneficial. There’s a link to being overweight and watching television. Most people watch an average of 3 hours of TV every day, and guess what is the item most commonly advertised product on TV? Food! What are people most likely to do when watching television? They eat! Watching television should be limited to just a couple of hours every day. Better yet, TV viewing can be done while riding an exercise bike or walking on a treadmill.


People with too much body fat bear the responsibility of defending themselves from the harm, pyschological and physical, that can be suffered from being overweight. By establishing a healthy eating regime and regular exercise patterns, they can conquer the challenge they face to live and enjoy life without the burden of being weighed down because they are bigger than average.

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