A chapter from my book ‘My Big Fat Fat’ (2018)
A humorous and touching account for those losing or coping with excess weight. With her laugh-out-loud humor, Samantha Dee covers all subjects from beauticians to socks in this easy to read A to Z guide on weight loss, maintenance, and ways to nourish your self-esteem.
A is for… Anxiety
I’m not going to harp on anxiety, except that it’s something to be aware of. Quite often, being overweight deeply affects self-esteem and sense of worth, and this can develop into a more permanent anxiety disorder.
If you feel you have low self-esteem, please go see your Doctor and have them help you; otherwise, it could develop into something more serious. They will more than likely prescribe exercise because of the positive effects.
I had therapy every week for a year back in 2010, and I learned some startling things about myself, some of them life-changing: I’m ‘petulant’ around food, and I have a tendency for ‘secret eating‘, because of things that happened to me in my past.
After that period of treatment, things were much improved for several years. I’d definitely learned more about myself and my self-esteem had recovered considerably.
Then in 2016, out of nowhere, I had several frequent anxiety attacks which were completely random, (one whilst standing in a queue for coffee, once on a train, once at work while I was in a meeting).
After some of my own research and a Doctors visit, the anxiety attacks were attributed to the chemical changes that happen during menopause, so I don’t think it’s related to being overweight.
However, I don’t think it’s unreasonable to suggest that anxiety and being overweight might have something in common..
The best reference material regarding Anxiety is from your Doctor (and not all the crap on the internet).
See also Self Esteem