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Mental Health and Obesity

What words of encouragement or wisdom could you share with those facing mental health challenges while living with obesity?

What challenges have you faced with mental health in regard to life with extra weight?

Conversely, what have you found that has helped make a difference in your mental health for the better?

  1. Ive never been good enough for someone to love me. Social anxiety because everyone stairs. Not treated as an equal. No, not mobile at 44 years old, my life is at its end and Im not ready yet but, obesity has made that decision for me. Its all over.

    1. Oh, . I am so glad you found us. Obesity does not have to rule you. Many people find love, regardless of their size. Have you ever talked with anyone about how you feel, someone you trust, like your doctor, a friend or a therapist? Social anxiety can be treated with therapy and medication, and the confidence you gain from treatment can help you feel better about yourself and help you see that you deserve more respect from others. Feeling good about yourself attracts others no matter what you weigh. You deserve to enjoy your life and you are still young. Here is an article that contains some mental health resources: https://obesity.net/mental-health/general-resources. I hope you will check it out and consider reaching out, if you haven't done so already. You are good enough. You are more than good enough. In the meantime, know that we are here for you and that many people here have been where you are now. You have found a community that gets it. I hope you will stay with us and check in often. Sending lots of warmth and hugs your way. - Lori (Team Member)

  2. That I am a failure because I can't control my eating and I am fat and probably always will be

    1. I'm sorry that you feel like you are a failure. Let me assure you that you are not though! Every day you make the choice to keep putting one foot in front of the other and that in itself is a huge success! Controlling what we eat is something that I, too, struggle with especially since I have snacks in the home for my kiddos and there are times where they are calling my name. But it can be done. I just takes one small choice at a time. And I believe in you so I know that you'll be just fine in the long run. *big hugs* ~ Shay (Team Member)

  3. Decreased my self-esteem, affected body image, don’t want to shop for clothing, compare myself to others - this leads to depression, anxiety & decreased motivation & social isolation

    1. I'm sorry to see that you're dealing with some negative emotions associated with your body image. I know finding that motivation to do the things we enjoy can be hard when we don't love ourselves as we are but I would like to encourage you to try and maybe get with a close friend or two, who love you no matter, and maybe try to allow yourself to have a good time. Sometimes getting out or being with people we can be comfortable with can help us alleviate some of those bad feelings even if it's just for a moment. Big hugs love! You're beautiful just as you are! ~Shay (team member)

  4. Living with obesity leaves a nagging doubt in my mind and manifests in low self esteem and a depression that I am not able to change it.

    1. I can totally relate to that nagging doubt that lingers in your mind. I have a tiny critic in my head that likes to shout at me about my body image. I actually wrote about it here, https://obesity.net/living/inner-voice. Maybe my words will be able to help you with the emotions tied to that nagging doubt. You're wonderful despite what that doubt makes you feel and I hope that you can turn things around and feel more comfortable in your own body. *big hugs* ~ Shay (team member)

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