Comments about your weight could make you fatter
Did you know? If you think you are overweight and have a bad image of your figure, avoid commenting on the topic with your family and friends, unless you are sure that your reaction will be positive. If your answers are negative, they could aggravate the problem rather than help you solve it.
Often, when you feel dissatisfied with having a few pounds or more pounds, you may find shops to discuss the matter with the people closest to you (your partner, your family, your friends), seeking your advice and support. But according to a recent study, if their answers imply a criticism, they could cause you to gain more weight and affect your health.
The study, led by Christine Logel, a professor at Renison University College at the University of Waterloo in Canada, appeared in the personal journal Personal Relationships.
The researchers examined several university-age women, a stage in which they are often dissatisfied with their weight. The team of social psychologists investigated the height and weight of the participants. Then they asked how they felt about what the scale or scale was. About five months later, they were asked if they had talked to their loved ones about their concerns about their weight, and how they had responded.
Three months later, it was investigated if the weight of the participants had changed, and if they had modified what they worried about the subject.
The study found that women who had received more messages of acceptance from loved ones about their weight were able to keep it more (and even lower it) than those who did not receive those messages of acceptance.
According to Professor Logel, on average, the women in the study were at the highest point of what is recommended for body mass index (BMI) according to Health Canada, so the healthiest thing for them was to maintain the Weight they had and did not treat themselves too harshly. But many of them were still very worried about their weight, and most spoke of their concerns with their loved ones.
In general, participants gained some weight over time, which is not uncommon in young adults. But those who received the message that they looked good on their loved ones had maintained their weight and some even thinned a little.
Participants who had received few messages of acceptance from their loved ones rose an average of 4.5 pounds (2 kilos ap.) Those who received more acceptance messages dropped one pound (0.5 kilos ap.).
The results of the study show that if women who are concerned about their weight know that their loved ones accept them as they are feel better about their bodies, and therefore do not gain weight like the others.
The critical pressure of loved ones on the weight does not help women who are already worried about the problem. Rather, it helps them gain weight, even if they were not worried previously, so the study highlights the importance of having a positive support group, made up of people who want the best for us and accept us with our flaws and virtues.
It can be said that if you feel satisfied with yourself, you tend to be more physically active and to feed yourself better. And if you receive unconditional acceptance from the people you love, you are more likely to feel less stress, a well-known cause of weight gain. So if a relative or friend is a little overweight, refrain from making a negative comment, even with the best intention. A “message of acceptance” will make you feel better about yourself, and it is even possible that you help her to download some booklet (or kilo) that has more.