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Physical Appearance

If people are honest they will tell you that they don't want to be fat. In our society our appearance is a determining factor as to how we will be accepted by others, which opportunities we will be offered and, most importantly, our self-esteem.

Self-esteem is a powerful force in our lives and it plays out in every aspect of our day. If you believe that your body is not desirable then you can become depressed, sad, and even develop depression. This depression or sadness can lead to the development of binge or emotional eating. If that happens you enter a vicious cycle of being depressed, eating to feel a sense of emotional contentment then getting more depressed because of what you ate.

Doctors have been documenting the emotional toll of being obese. It has been established that a person's sense of self-worth and emotional stability can be destroyed when becoming obese. The emotional consequences of being obese over a long period of time can be crushing and may require intense therapy from a primary care physician and therapist.

Take a second to answer these questions, be honest so that the answers will help you.

 Have you ever looked in the mirror and thought you looked ugly?

 Are you comfortable with the body you see in the mirror?

 Are you worried about your partner’s opinion of your body?

 Do you find yourself thinking about what other people think about you when they look at you?

If you answered 'yes' to any of those questions then it is very possible that your weight is affecting how you perceive yourself and how you believe others may perceive you. Life is very difficult when your physical appearance can exert such a powerful influence. So, you have two choices:

1) Change

2) Live with it

If you picked #2 then you must also be prepared to live with the emotional consequences of being overweight.

It is my hope that you chose the first option, that you want to change and in another section of the article I will lay the ground work for you to do just that.