Picked On, Ignored, and Obese
(New Orleans, La)
I'm 17 years old and have been picked on, ignored, and obese my whole life. I've dieted many times to lose weight.
I'm very aware of how serious the problem is. I was diagnosed with depression when I was in the 5th grade and am 100% positive that there is a link between depression and obesity.
Even if obese kids aren't picked on they are ignored and left out. It's an extremely hard thing to deal with. Teasing fat people does not motivate us to lose weight at least not for me.
Whenever I sense someone is making fun of me or making comments about me behind my back it makes me feel bad and I get an I don't care anymore attitude. So I end up going home and getting something to eat.
I know this is not the answer and is only contributing to my obese problem but it is depressing and food helps me feel better emotionally.
I know they call this emotional eating but I can't help it. I hate being obese, teased and not having many friends.
Being cruel to someone who is obese never helps, it just makes them feel worse about themselves. People struggling with weight get caught in an endless cycle of feeling upset or angry causing them to indulge in food and then feeling worse about eating.
In order to loose the weight and keep it off teens need to want to do it for his/her health and well being.
Getting to this point, however, requires encouragement from friends and family members who care and will be there to support them. You've tried dieting before so you already know about fruits, vegetables, whole grains, etc.
Obesity is a monster. It effects people, such as yourself, psychologically which makes treatment that much more difficult. I would suggest you talk with a nutritionist they may be able to get you started on a plan that will work for you.
You have to stay on the plan and force yourself to say "no" to the emotional eating. Once you start loosing some weight your self esteem will improve and hopefully you can cure yourself from the obesity.
There is a page on this site about the psychological effects of teen obesity that you may find useful.
Water is also important to weight loss. You should drink 1 ounce of water for every pound that you weigh. You might even want to try the Junior Slim that is on our obesity help page.
We have had some very good feedback on this. It is not a magic pill and you will not see results for a few weeks but it does work and it is a natural remedy.
We all wish you good luck and know that you can do it. Be positive.
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