Weight issues and concerns are never out of the news... never more so than in January particularly when we say we are going to start that new diet ..... but how many of us keep to our New Year's resolutions... well most of us know the answer... very very few.
Our talkhealth survey in January was open to everyone - those that felt underweight, overweight or in fact are at the correct weight for their height, age and build. We wanted to learn more from you as to how you felt being the weight you are at and what impact positive and negative does this have on your emotional wellbeing. Plus what works for you - what are you best tips? And have your weight issues been a life long battle, or just a recent one?
Respondents to the weight survey ranged from under 20 to over 70 with most being women. Of the respondents, 68% deemed themselves as being overweight.
Both underweight and overweight people reported that others passed comment on their weight. There was a marked difference in how underweight and overweight respondents said their weight concerns impacted their emotional well being with only 8% of underweight respondents saying it had a negative impact whilst 56% of overweight respondents saying it had a negative impact.
Of the people that were underweight, there were mixed opinions in whether they were concerned about being underweight or not. Some concerns expressed from the underweight population were around appearance, not being able to donate blood due to being underweight, anxiety about weight gain and supplements for underweight people being less available than those for overweight people. Others said they thought it was healthier to be underweight than overweight.
Of those that were overweight, concerns expressed were more associated to health concerns, either as a result of excess weight or health problems that contributed to it being more difficult to lose weight. Other associated problems were feeling tired and frustration at not being able to lose weight and/or keep weight off.
Hurtful comments were made to both underweight and overweight people from others. These were often comments about their appearance. This affected both groups of people, leading to feelings of being self-conscious, insecure, embarrassed, unattractive or having low self-esteem. For others this motivated them to address their weight issues, others felt that comments made were rude.
Most people managed their weight by diet and exercise; this was following commercial diets or healthy eating rather than diets prescribed by doctors or professionals.
If you would like to speak to our experts about any concerns or problems you have either directly or indireclty around weight management, we are running an online clinic on weight management between 15th and 21st January. After the clinic is closed, it is still available for everyone to read the Q&A session.
If you're interested in a detailed analysis of the results for these surveys please contact us.