Being Over-Weight Is A Crime In The Eye Of Society

Depression in Over-weight Individuals
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Gaining weight or being obese is not someone’s own choice as everyone wants to look healthy, fit, and attractive. People have idealized looks and perfection and when such a level of perfectionism is not achieved by an individual, multiple health conditions start to develop. A person who thinks of himself as obese may also assume that other people in society do not like him or her. However, some people in the communities do poke one about their weaknesses or might tease them for being overweight

Such thoughts and societal pressure make an individual anxious, sad, and sometimes these emotions transform into anger generating more negativity in one’s personality. Besides, such people become dissatisfied with themselves and feel sad, depressed, or stressed over their looks. 

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The Attitude of Society Towards People That Are Over Weight

The attitude of the community towards obese people is also an important issue up for discussion. The communities make obese people conscious about their weight by telling them to control the amount of food they consume, among other suggestions. Such unnecessary suggestions or opinions build pressure or stress in obese people. Some people mock or call names to others who are overweight. Such attitudes shake the mental peace of the person with obesity. 

Moreover, a feeling of self-pity generates in the body, and self-confidence shakes away. If you already have depression, anxiety, or any other mental health issue, things can become hard to handle. Your personality and thinking process revolves around your failures or life crises. Meanwhile, focusing on all the negativity in your life, you become further depressed and no longer have the energy to solve the problem. 

Know Your Body

If you are overweight or obese, due to personal choice or pressure of the family or society, you start to do something to lose weight. Furthermore, you try to lose weight but first, you need to understand your physiology and psychology. If you have a physiological issue like hormone or thyroid problem or any other such problem, due to which you are gaining weight, then you need to get treatment to resolve the physiological issue before doing anything else. Once you resolve the physiological condition, you will be able to lose weight through calorie counting, exercising, and/or fasting. 

However, if you have a psychological issue or mental health condition, then losing weight becomes difficult. A person with depression or mood swings cannot focus entirely on the goal and needs care and motivation to encourage them to achieve their goals. Besides, exercising with a depressed mind does not generate positive results. Also, being an obese person, if you start to diet or force yourself to control food consumption, your psychology will cause you to become sad. Further, it will not lead to a positive outcome. 

What You Can Do To Manage Weight With Mental Health

Firstly, you need to be passionate about achieving your goal. Secondly, do things that make you feel good and relieve yourself of the stress. Releasing stress is vital, not only for mental health but also for physical condition. If you are enabled to do heavy-exercise or gym, then try doing aerobic exercise or dancing at home or somewhere with fresh air. 

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Moreover, try to eat a balanced diet by controlling the amount of food you eat. It enables you to maintain your weight for a long time. Fasting can result in lowering your weight, but this method is not productive for a long duration. You can fast off and on from time to time. In conclusion, you can do physical activity, exercise, and diet control as long as you want to do for yourself. 

Try to accept your appearance despite what people say on your face or behind your back. Besides, society needs to learn to respect every individual. Find people that love you with your personality and the way you look. You can try to lose weight, but don’t make it a reason to stop living your life to the fullest. 

Adeena Tariq Lari
The author is a graduate of dental surgery from the Dow University Health Sciences, Karachi. She has an academic background in content writing as well as English literature, giving her an edge in the field. Adeena is always curious about physical and mental health. She is always passionate about research and delivering high-quality reliable content to users.