Body Image Problems and Self-Esteem Issues Cause Trouble Losing Weight
Posted Feb 06 2013 5:00am
Do you —
wear baggy clothes
avoid physical intimacy
turn down social invitations
avoid full-length mirrors
disparage your looks
If so, does any of this have to do with what you think of
your own body?
Being disturbed by the size and shape of your body is just
one more thing you have to contend with if you are carrying around unwanted
weight. One solution, of course, is to lose excess weight, and get your body
looking like you want it to. But that’s not an easy thing to do when you feel
bad about the way you look.
Feeling bad about the way you look can lower your level of
self-esteem, which in turn can affect the confidence and commitment you need to
reduce your weight.
What’s the answer? Changing yourself is usually not an
all-or-none matter. You don’t lose all your self-esteem or all your motivation,
confidence, and commitment just because you're bummed about your body. You still will
have some of what you need to lose your unwanted weight despite not feeling
good about yourself.
Don’t let a drop in self-esteem or disturbance about your
body be a weight-loss deterrent. This can happen if you get too disappointed by
a drop in self-esteem and forget that sometimes you can even make a little
self-esteem go a long way.