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The Impact of Obesity on Emotions and Social Behavior

Posted on April 07, 2020

Article written by
Heather Lapidus Glassner

MyObesityTeam conducted a survey in late 2019 with 159 individuals in the United States who were diagnosed by a doctor as being obese or overweight. MyObesityTeam asked respondents about:

  • The physical, social, and emotional impact that weight has on their lives.
  • The health implications of being obese or overweight.
  • Ways they have tried to lose weight.

MyObesityTeam shares the research results of our member surveys so our community can learn, collectively, from each others’ experiences.

As the American Psychological Association notes, obesity and depression often go hand in hand, and they can trigger and influence each other. Bias against people who are overweight contributes to these negative feelings.

MyObesityTeam members share some of the difficult emotions that they often encounter as a result of their weight. When asked what they experienced most often in the past six months, frustration and embarrassment topped the list. In addition, members reported that poor self-esteem, guilt, and a number of other emotions affect them and their behavior.

Read more about results from the MyObesityTeam survey:

How much impact does weight have on your emotions or behavior? What do you recommend to others who might be struggling with negative feelings? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

References

  1. Mind/body health: Obesity - American Psychological Association
  2. What is Weight Bias? - Obesity Action Coalition

Heather has over two decades of experience in market research. She has conducted social listening and quantitative survey research across a variety of conditions. Learn more about her here.

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