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How being Overweight can be Socially Isolating

The world’s population is continuing to get heavier with more people now considered to be overweight than undernourished. However, this fact doesn’t make being overweight any easier especially when you live in a society where appearances count for a lot and the ideal body is perceived to be a slim one. When you’re confronted with images of ‘perfection’ it is hard not to feel rather depressed about your own appearance, which is perhaps why so many overweight individuals use rather drastic measures to try to lose weight. It’s even worse when all your friends and relatives are slim while you are the only one carrying too much weight.

Indeed, being overweight can be quite socially isolating when you live in an area of the country that doesn’t have a particularly high incidence of obesity. Although obesity is on the rise and has been for some time, it tends to be concentrated in areas of social deprivation. Thus, if you live in a rather affluent area but happen to be overweight you tend to stand out like a sore thumb. You are extremely conscious of the fact you’re too heavy for your frame, which can affect your self-esteem and willingness to socialise. You may not want to stay in on a Friday night, but at least you don’t have to contend with any negativity from other people.

The trouble is that when you’re overweight people seem to think that you’re a legitimate target for abuse. Being overweight seems to give people an excuse to criticise you for being fat and so they basically bully you. You may try to laugh it off, but it still hurts and you usually save up all this nastiness for a future time when you’re feeling down and seem intent on making yourself feel worse. You don’t expect to be bullied when you’re an adult, but it still happens and your weight is something that sets you apart from everyone else.

Overall, then, if you’re overweight and not particularly confident or comfortable with your size it can be socially isolating, as you either have to confront people who attack you for being overweight or avoid social situations altogether. Whichever you choose you cannot escape the fact that your weight is a problem, as it affects your ability to lead a normal life. Indeed, you may find that the only option you really have is to do something about your weight and lose a few pounds so you no longer have to worry about what anyone else thinks.