A lowered self-esteem and anxiety can manifest as Psychological consequences of being overweight or obese, furthermore it can lead to more serious disorders such as depression and eating disorders like binge eating, bulimia and anorexia. The reason why it may occur isn’t very hard to comprehend. Modern culture is odd in the way that it idolizes youthful slim, toned bodies. With rare exceptions, only thin, proportional bodies are considered sexy. Obese or overweight people are looked down upon. It’s easy to feel sorry for one’s self, to turn out to being depressed or anxious or to develop obsessions around eating control when one’s society makes it clear that the way one appears is entirely unwanted.
To get into psychological trouble with eating, one doesn’t have to be overweight either. Eating is a guilty pleasure, we all like to indulge in from time to time, all type of people (fat and thin both) tend to turn to eating as a means of emotional comfort when we are feeling stressed out. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that such stress-induced eating leads to weight gain as well, which subsequently leads many people (especially women) to still feel worse, encouraging further stress-based eating and additional weight gain. More often than not, stress-based comfort eating becomes a vicious cycle and thus begins a downward spiral.
Loss of Energy and Bliss for Life
Even if we overlook the negative health and shame aspects of being overweight, overweight people also are likely to have less energy than their normal weight counterparts. It usually takes more effort for them than their peers to be active, they tend to settle for low-activity lifestyles and adopt a sedentary lifestyle. It’s like a vicious circle where the less active people become, the greater their risk of gaining even more weight, and the more weight they gain, it’s highly unlikely that they are going to become more active. The steps that can overcome this condition like exercise (which are highly likely to begin the process of reversing this downward spiral of decreasing energy levels) are avoided and an opportunity for the reduction of muscle tension, stress and anxiety is lost. Sooner rather than later, even mundane tasks / daily life activities like climbing a flight of stairs can lead to fatigue and a sense of premature aging sets in.