Psychology of Body Types
If you deal with a weight problem, depression, anxiety, low self- esteem, loneliness, despair, discrimination, etc. may not be unfamiliar to you. Emotional affliction is one of the most painful aspects of weight issues. There are emotional struggles that we experience whether we are underweight, overweight, obese, severely obese, or even of normal weight.
This section of WhyDiet will explain the common emotions, disorders and habits associated with each body type, their causes and effects, and how they can best be managed to support weight loss success and overall wellbeing. We will also detail the thoughts and feelings experienced as a result of bariatric surgery.
At WhyDiet we believe that a combination of psychological understanding, nutrition, Mindful Eating and fitness can lead to an overall healthy lifestyle. Please note that these sections contain generalizations of each weight category, but there are exceptions as well as variants to also be considered such as gender, age, race, religion, and culture.
To learn more about the WhyDiet Philosophy and how a psychological understanding relates to an overall healthy lifestyle, click here.
Food and Emotions
At one point or another we ALL use food to suppress or enhance emotions, often unconsciously. This behavior or habit is ingrained in our nervous system and is hard to break. We have learned to associate food with emotions from birth. For example, in most cases when a baby is fed, they also experience:
It’s easy to see how in the early stages of growth we are taught to associate food with those feelings. Further into childhood, that pattern continues. What happens when a child scrapes a knee or receives an ‘A’ on a test in school? They are often consoled or rewarded with a cookie or lollipop or some other special treat. There again, they learn to use food to comfort pain or reinforce good behavior.
This learned behavior continues well into adulthood, but we don’t often realize the enormous emotional role that food plays in our lives. When was the last time you went to a celebration where food was not involved? Society has taught us to celebrate holidays, occasions, even funerals, with dining and drinks. These eating behaviors have been instilled in us from generation to generation, but in order to be successful with any weight loss plan it is crucial that we abandon these habits and learn to eat to live instead of living to eat. How can we learn to enjoy food without self indulging or over eating?
Learn more about behavioral effects of weight.
Customized Fitness Recommendations
To learn more about fitness recommendations based on your body type, click on your body type below:
Use the BMI Calculator to Determine Your Body Type.