Negative Body Image Causes Obesity

Negative Body Image Causes Obesity

Contrary to earlier claims that Depression causes Obesity among youth, a study from The University of Texas (UTHealth), found that negative body image increases the risk for Obesity among adolescents.

The study found that adolescents who perceived themselves to be overweight, despite not being overweight, were more likely to be Obese one (1) year later.

The study found that negative body image is the mediating risk factor lying between Depression and Obesity, among adolescents.

Females in the study group were found to be three (3) times more likely to be Obese at the one-year mark.

This shows that negative body image has a greater and faster impact on weight gain and Obesity than Depression.

A previous study by UTHealth, only looking at Depression and Obesity, found that participants who were depressed were twice as likely to become obese only six (6) years later, implying a cause-and-effect relationship.

Negative body image has been associated with Depression and other psychological issues including Eating Disorders, disordered eating behaviours, unhealthy eating and inactivity.

Those with negative body image tend to:

  • Overeat;
  • Eat unhealthy foods;
  • Eat less fruits and vegetables;
  • Cutting out food groups;
  • Restricting food intake;
  • Over-exercise, and/or
  • Rarely engage in exercise or other physical activity.

Negative body image and Obesity go hand in hand – when you have a negative and poor body image, it is difficult to create true change for weight loss, health and happiness.

Some things you can do to improve your body image are:

  • Stop or reduce engaging in social media and media;
  • Stop comparing your body to others;
  • Accept the body you were born with;
  • Let go of body shame and hate talk;
  • Praise your body and yourself;
  • Reduce processed foods and drinks;
  • Feed your body unprocessed and healthy foods;
  • Drink more water;
  • Move more for enjoyment;
  • Build self-compassion, and
  • Celebrate yourself for who you are today.

Overcoming a negative and poor body image can be difficult, especially if it is something that has been created over time.

If your body image has resulted in low Self-Esteem, Disordered Eating Behaviours and/or Eating Disorders, then Fit Minds & Bodies Clinic can help you with personal support.

Fit Minds & Bodies Clinic understand your struggles, and provides you with information and support, to help you overcome the behaviours and beliefs maintaining Disordered Eating and/or Eating Disorders

Five Ways To Improve Body Dissatisfaction

Five Ways To Improve Body Dissatisfaction

Body Dissatisfaction is increasingly affecting not just females but also males of all ages. Body Dissatisfaction is the perception a person has of their physical self, and develops through the negative thoughts and feelings one has about themselves.

Body Dissatisfaction is pretty common, and usually starts with social comparisons – those around you, models, movie stars, you name it!

The ideals for thinness for women and defined muscles for men have created an environment where we are far more critical of people’s bodies and more likely to be dissatisfied with our own body.

Some people argue that feeling bad about your body motivates you to change it – but that really depends on what motivates you, and it’s also difficult to then be happy with your achievements along the way.

Extreme body dissatisfaction is a risk factor for developing eating disorders, and is associated with disordered eating patterns.

The risk for long-lasting negative side effects include:

  • Depression;
  • Anxiety;
  • Stress;
  • Low Self-Esteem, and
  • Low Self-Worth.

Body Image and Social Media

Any social media viral campaigns or crazes designed to measure sexiness, attractiveness and thinness, create a frenzy to fit into the ideal.

Fads and crazes such as the thigh gap or collar bone challenge ARE NOT HEALTHY.

They are really BODY SHAMING, not health challenges.

These crazes cause people, particularly girls and women, to see themselves as body sections only, rather than a whole person of value.

Each body section is seen as a barometer for:

  • Social acceptance;
  • Body acceptance
  • Body perfection;
  • Success;
  • Self-confidence, and
  • Much more.

The harm that this causes can become psychologically ingrained and have long-lasting effects, not just on the person but all of their relationships and every aspect of their life.


What Can You Do About Feeling Dissatisfied with Your Body?

Tip #1 – Don’t Believe Everything on Social Media

Social media is a great tool for keeping in touch with friends and family.

You can keep up and celebrate when people are getting married, having babies or even sharing a picture of their fur baby.

Social media is not going anywhere soon, so we should learn to use it wisely and remember not everything on social media is true, or right.

Keep this in mind when you are scrolling through your newsfeed, and maintain a focus on your life than other people’s.

Tip #2 – Stop Comparing Yourself

First look at how you think about your body, and the social comparisons you make.

Are you dissatisfied because you constantly compare yourself to unrealistic standards?

Do you feel worse about your body when you’ve just read a magazine or seen a movie, with their portrayals of the female and male body?

Once you realise you are doing these comparisons, you can stop yourself and change your focus towards something else.

The most vital part of a positive, healthy and realistic self-image is what you believe to be true about yourself.

Value yourself for who you are, and don’t allow outside influences to dictate your value.

Tip #3 – Focus on the Journey

To be truly happier, healthier, feel more fulfilled and satisfied in life, you need to focus on experiencing your life in a different way – focus on the journey and all it offers you.

The success of your journey towards your goals depends on:

  • What you see;
  • What you experience, and
  • The connections you make.

Sometimes it is easy to forget about how far you have come and the changes you have already made.

Tip #4 – Take Care of Yourself

As you go about your daily life there is so much to do, and many times you might be putting these things in front of your own health and wellbeing.

If you are not taking care of yourself emotionally and physically, this may lead to a decline in your overall health.

Take time to think about YOU!

  • Maintain a balanced, sustainable eating plan;
  • Find activities you ENJOY, and
  • Take note of how you are feeling – Physically and emotionally.

Tip #5 – Accept Yourself

Self-acceptance is accepting yourself for who you are including your flaws and weaknesses, and acknowledging what makes you uniquely you.

Allowing yourself to accept yourself empowers you to:

  • Acknowledge who you are;
  • Change for yourself, without comparison or judgement, and
  • Be the person you want to be.

If you are tired of constantly judging yourself, book an appointment with Fit Minds & Bodies Clinic.

Fit Minds & Bodies Clinic provides you with realistic and practical information, support and strategies for change.

This will enable you to feel and see hope, so you can have the confidence in creating and directing a life filled with:

  • Balance;
  • Acceptance;
  • Purpose;
  • Satisfaction;
  • Health, and
  • Happiness.

We provide the bridge between where you are now and where you want to go.

At Fit Minds & Bodies Clinic we can help you BREAK negative cycles and OVERCOME underlying issues for long-term success.

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