Unfortunately yes. I've been obese ever since I was a little girl. I am a happy, bubbly person in general, but can become very downtrodden when I think of my weight. I am also limited in certain things I can do because of my weight. That's why I'm here, though--to become happy and healthy.
Unfortunately, at times, it does. I was an obese child and the name calling and judgment I received from others (family members as well) has stayed with me. It's not as bad as what it used to be but having spent so many years being humiliated as a child and an adolescent makes it hard; it stays with you. As I said, it's much better (my attitude regarding my weight) now than it was. As I've aged I've become more acceptable of things and have learned to not be so hard on myself. Pat
I believe in myself, I am a strong woman. I will reach my goals, NOTHING & NOBODY will hold me down. I will live my life with integrity and intention. I will set a good example for my daughters and my son. I will be a woman that makes my grand children proud when they look at pictures of me long after I've left this earth.
sadly it is a great influence because i am so acutely aware all the time. we are surrounded by so many negative reminders that reinforce our assessments of ourselves. but i watched an interview of a lady who has written - CRAVINGS how religion and bringing God into your life can help you to over come any inadequacies we feel - we can make an image adjustment. i have always had God in my life and prayer - but she frames things in a new light. she talks about how it has affected her experience in making herself much more self accepting. i also saw the russian model turned skeleton on the news - the illness of anorexia - she should weigh about 140 and only weighs 59 pounds. i have no idea how she walks or talks - it is shocking, and very sad.. so i try to put perspective and sensibility into my daily life - AND extending any kindness to other living creatures - helps a lot. thank you for this question - it is an important one and every person should contemplate it and be very honest and sincere in trying to ACCEPT themselves unconditionally. God does. BB
That is a question that has come to me a few times, and my first reaction is to say no. But in honest truth, it surely does. There are so many things that I am limited to do because of overweight, because my lack of health, because if I do them, I will go mad and forget my good eating intentions, etc. etc. And then, I get so sad and upset at myself for failing my own needs, and desires that yes, my weight affects my hapiness.
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