The medical impact on your body when you are obese is extraordinary. You are at extremely high risk for serious illnesses such as diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure and certain types of cancer to name a few. At best, your quality of life will suffer because of these diseases, at worst, they can cause death.
Social impacts to obesity are just as devastating. I speak from personal experience when I tell you that it is most certainly humiliating to go to a movie theater and not be able to sit in the seat to watch the show. I still remember having to stand in the back of the theater because I couldn’t fit into the seat. Another experience that caused me emotional pain was going to a restaurant and having to ask for a chair without arms and pray that it was strong enough to hold me. Airplane travel was also a nightmare. I always felt embarrassed by infringing on the space of the passenger sitting next to me. The feelings that you are forced to deal with play havoc with your self-esteem and your self-worth. It creates anxiety which ultimately leads to depression.
The emotional or psychological impact to obesity is very much linked to the social impact. When you are constantly fighting depression and anxiety, you have no desire to go anywhere and you have no energy to do anything. In my new book, “Who Is This Guy?” I address all these issues and share the events that brought me to Dr. Forse for help, which ultimately led to my success. I found out the hard way, you can’t do it alone and you can’t even begin to hope for success unless you deal with the big picture. In my next blog, I’ll share some information from my book that might be helpful. If you are interested in reading it, it is available on Amazon.com.
I hope you’ll share your experiences with me and let me know how you deal with them. Maybe I can help point you in the right direction.