Over­weight? Don’t over-think the is­sue!

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Peo­ple were like­lier to overeat in re­sponse to stress and this pre­dicted sub­se­quent weight gain

Eric Robin­son, study au­thor

Stressed about your bloated belly or flabby arms? If you be­lieve you are over­weight or obese, chances are that by think­ing about it all the time, you may ac­tu­ally be adding ex­tra ki­los around your waist­line.

Ac­cord­ing to re­searchers from Univer­sity of Liver­pool, UK, peo­ple who recog­nise they are over­weight or obese are like­lier to put on weight than those who are un­aware that they may be heav­ier than what doc­tors would ad­vise.

“Re­al­is­ing you are an over­weight in­di­vid­ual is, in it­self, likely to be quite stress­ful and re­sults in mak­ing healthy choices in your lifestyle more dif­fi­cult,” said Dr Eric Robin­son from the Univer­sity’s in­sti­tute of psy­chol­ogy, health and so­ci­ety .

he team found these in­di­vid­u­als were like­lier to re­port overeat­ing in re­sponse to stress and this pre­dicted sub­se­quent weight gain. The study an­a­lysed the lives of 14,000 adults in the US and Bri­tain from time pe­ri­ods af­ter the chil­dren had reached adult­hood to find out their per­cep­tion of their own weight — whether or not it was cor­rect — and their sub­se­quent weight gain over time.

You’d think mak­ing a per­son aware of their weight would cause them to adopt a health­ier lifestyle and lose weight. “What is im­por­tant is to tackle stigma in so­ci­ety. Peo­ple with a heav­ier body weight have body im­age chal­lenges. That is not sur­pris­ing given the way we talk about weight,” added Robin­son, con­clud­ing that there are ways to en­cour­age peo­ple to make healthy changes to their lifestyle that don’t por­tray obe­sity as a ter­ri­ble thing.

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