Overweight? Don’t over-think the issue!
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.