The Psychological Reasons For Getting Fat

I recently attended an excellent conference in Sydney.  It was the ‘International Congress of Obesity’ and I spent 3 days listening to a variety of guest speakers from all over the world.  There were some fascinating topics covered, but one that really ‘stood out’ for me was a presentation by Mr Mike Curley.  He totally changed the dynamics of the conference by taking our minds away from the physiological side-effects of obesity and instead explored the emotional reasons as to why obesity may occur in the first place.  Think about somebody you know very well who is overweight – can you perhaps identify a reason why from the list below?

The psychological reasons for weight gain:

There are 2 main reasons:  They revolve around protection issues and acceptance & love

BEING FAT FOR PROTECTION

  • Being fat protects me from the scarcity of life i.e. ‘I don’t have enough so I need to hang onto everything’
  • Being fat protects me from others i.e ‘ the bigger I am, people won’t push me around’, ‘ the bigger I am, the more people are scared of me’, ‘ the bigger I am, the more I don’t feel the pain of abuse’
  • Being fat protects me from myself i.e. ‘ no one wants me anyway’ which is indicative of self pity / defeated/ self punishment
  • Being fat protects me from danger i.e. ‘ the world is a dangerous place where anything can go wrong if I am not careful.  I need protection’.

 

BEING FAT TO GAIN ACCEPTANCE & LOVE:

  • Being fat gets me attention  ‘ poor me, I’m so fat’…helps to gain pity
  • Being fat helps me to please others i.e. ‘ eating my mother’s / spouse’s food helps me to please others
  • Being fat helps me to fit in i.e. ‘ my spouse is fat, so am I’
  • Being fat helps me to feel loved i.e. ‘if you love me when I am fat, then you must really love me’.

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About Lose Weight With Sue

I am a naturopath for The Natural Way. We have 24 clinics nationally that help people to lose weight & educate on how to keep it off.
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