Worst Psychological Effects of Teenage Obesity

The rate at which teenage obesity is rising is very high in the United States. It poses many serious issues like physical, emotional and psychological problems. The

psychological effects of teenage obesity

is worse and one thing that can be done is to educate the public on the psychological problems of teenage obesity. This was told by the Texas Department of Health and they have stated that if your your teen is exhibiting the psychological symptoms then show him to a qualified professional, for further treatment and avoid complications.

Worst Psychological Effects of Teenage Obesity

Psychological Effects of Teenage Obesity

Here are some of the dangerous psychological effects of obesity in teenagers:

Low Self Esteem:

According to research performed by Dr. Richard Strauss from the University of Medicine and Dentistry in New jersey, obese teens have lower self esteem than teens with normal weight. This is shown in the form of nervousness, sadness and loneliness. They also engage themselves in risky habits like alcohol, cigarettes and drugs. Obese teens usually carry these feelings into their adulthood as well.


An obese teenager who is heavier then their peers have feelings of hopelessness or sadness. Some of the signs of depression are withdrawal, changes in their sleep and loss of interest in activities.

According to the Mayo clinic, teens hide their depression by appearing emotionally stable rather than being sad.


Many of these teens experience severe anxiety, which can be seen through their destructive behaviors or avoiding their family and friends. They have social anxiety due to excessive teasing or bullying. This naturally interrupts the normal learning pattern and they drop in their academic performance. Research conducted by Dr. Sarah Anderson and her fellow researchers, which was published in the “Psychosomatic Medicine”,states that obese teen girls have a greater risk of suffering from anxiety or depression in their adulthood.

Poor Body Image:

Obese teens often suffer from a poor body image and this keeps them away from playing sports or engaging themselves in physical activities. They do not spend time with their friends and this can be connected to a number of psychological problems like anxiety, low self esteem and depression.

Eating Disorder:

These overweight teens are also at a greater risk of developing eating disorders like anorexia nervosa or bulimia, where they may overeat or eat less. This effort to lose weight is unhealthy and risky.

These are some of the psychological problems that most of the obese teens suffer from. As parents, you need to observe such behaviors and consult a doctor immediately for further treatment before the condition of your child worsens.


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