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Overweight, self esteem, and social influence

Posted Apr 11 2009 12:55am

by Maria's Last Diet

If you struggle with being overweight and with your self-esteem you particularly need to think about how much you're influenced by the attitudes of those around you.

A recent study reported in the 2007 issue of Body Image showed that college age women felt fatter, more anxious, and even more depressed when someone guessed they weighed more than their actual current weight. The women felt even worse about themselves when they heard this kind of weight observation from one of their peers.

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