Psychological reasons for obesity
According to psychobiology there are psychological reasons for every health or life challenge we have. And that includes obesity.
I won’t quote statistics about the number of people suffering from obesity, but we know there are many.
And the important question is – Are you overweight?
If you or a person you love are struggling with obesity, in this article you can find the most common psychological reasons for that.
The need to be strong and fight
If you find yourself in a chronic conflict situation one of the consequences might be gaining extra weight.
The psychological reason for that is because this is an ancient way that your automatic brain uses to make you look stronger.
From the modern perspective this may sound absurd but that’s how the automatic brain works. It makes you look “scarier” to the opponent by looking bigger.
So, if you suffer from obesity, one of the psychological reasons for that can be rooted in a serious conflict situation in your life.
If you feel unimportant or unnoticed by someone, your body may also respond with obesity.
The subconscious motive is: “If I look bigger people may finally notice me and pay attention to me”.
Usually, it happens when we don’t feel that we matter for the people we love – parents, partners, children, etc.
If we have had periods when something has been missing from our lives, the psychological response to it may also be obesity.
This lack might be related to both material and nonmaterial things – food, money, love, affection, etc.
If we suffer from lack of something the body may start storing the resources it gets, a.k.a. gaining extra weight.
Another very common psychological reason for obesity might be related to the desire to protect ourselves.
If we have been subjected to violence or aggression, especially during childhood, our automatic brain may try to protect us by adding extra pounds to our body.
That’s especially relevant to cases of sexual harassment. The psychological reason for obesity here is to look more unattractive and avoid sexual interest by potentially dangerous people.
Frustration with one’s look
And the last common but contradictive reason for obesity is that the more we disapprove and dislike our bodies the more it tends to gain weight.
Sad, but true.
If we are very critical and we don’t like our bodies the way they are, the automatic brain may try to “fix” that by adding even more tissue.
So, these were the most common psychological reasons for obesity.
Keep in mind that you always have to explore your own case because you may find other reasons which apply to you.
Also, very often there can be a mixture of different reasons.
However, the most important is to become aware of your own psychological reasons. That’s always the first step to overcoming any issue.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Marina Stoichkova is an experienced astrologer and life coach. She has a Masters degree in Biochemistry and Healthcare management. Her mission is to raise your awareness of the core reasons for your health and life challenges and help you resolve them! Learn more HERE
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