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Psychological Factors

Psychological Factors for Overweight People

Obesity and overweight are more than just pounds reflected on a scale. They are more than the damage done to health, career, and relationships. Psychology plays a big role in how we gain and lose weight, and how we feel about ourselves when we are overweight or not overweight. The readings and books offered here can give you insight as to how large a role psychology plays in this condition. The book, “When Food is Love” is one example of this type of book, showing how people sometimes emotionally equate food with love or self esteem. The author John Bradshaw is particularly insightful for human relationships. Experiences in childhood can affect people for a lifetime, shaping how they perceive the world and relate to people. In some cases, poor self image may contribute to weight gain. It is helpful at times to try not only dieting, but addressing the root cause of weight gain. Wayne Dyer is an inspiring author who demonstrates how people have the power to reshape their lives mentally and physically by modifying their thinking patterns, because thoughts are “things” that bring about cause and effect.


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Psychological aspects of obesity and very-low-calorie diets