Being overweight is one of the major health problems in today’s world. Science has not yet succeeded in explaining all the microbiological processes leading to obesity. We know that being overweight is affected by many different factors, but some of them are still obscured.
We know for sure that the number of overweight people has risen globally. The World Health Organization calls it an epidemic. In the United States, the United Kingdom, Mexico and China in particular, the number of overweight people has doubled and in some cases even tripled.
This situation has created myths and prejudices around being overweight. People associate being overweight with a lack of self-control in their minds, even though that may not always be true. Some people try to lose weight on a starvation route, but even then fail to achieve their goal. In addition, people associate being overweight with ugliness and unattractiveness. We can easily see how emotionally charged this topic is.
The effects of emotions on overweight began to be studied a couple of decades ago. Low calorie diets and constant exercise are not always everything to ensure the best results. Indeed, this has led people to think that there may be other factors contributing to overweight that are related to the unconscious part of the human mind.
Weight and overweight
From an anatomical point of view, the accumulation of fat in the body does not always necessarily lead to overweight. The more fat a person has in their body, the heavier the person is, which is obvious.
It is equally not clear whether this increase in a person’s fat percentage is reflected in his or her total weight. Namely, it often happens that as the percentage of body fat increases, the muscle mass decreases correspondingly.
This means that a person’s weight does not necessarily reflect the amount of fat in his or her body. Losing weight also does not mean that a person has to look lean and skinny. What is essential in this matter is that many people are concerned not so much with their weight but with the shape of their body.
The accumulation of fat in some parts of our body is visible and we find it undesirable because we have our own perceptions of what perfect body shapes are. For example, a person with “Yankee handles” or a “stomach belly” may weigh as much as a person who is slimmer but has more muscles.
After all, the problem is not the weight itself. What psychologically bothers many people is the contrast between the shapes of their bodies and the shapes of their ideal body.
Unconscious factors in overweight management
According to Dr. Luis Chiozza, there is significant scientific evidence of weight gain. Some people tend to gain weight more easily than others. Their bodies also show some resistance to the use of accumulated fat.
This Argentine doctor wanted to find the cause of that phenomenon. So he set out to study the primary function of body fat, which is to act as a source of calories or energy.
Dr. Chiozza shows that there are unconscious fantasies related to storing fat in the body. He argues that initially the accumulation of fat in the body is an indication of the body’s adaptation. The body is preparing for the fact that hard times may be coming and nutrition may not always be immediately available. We store nutrients in our bodies so that we will have something in stock if a future need arises. For example, migratory birds increase the amount of fat in their bodies before their long and strenuous migratory journeys.
Fat accumulates in people’s bodies as a result of a person preparing their imagination for long-term storage. This fantasy, in turn, is related to the fantasy of “self-sufficiency”. It means that a person does not want to be dependent on others for food. In this way, a person can better guarantee his or her own survival.
A change in body shapes is the equivalent of a person’s third fantasy. It is a fantasy developed by his mind that his body is changing from its former form. In this case, it means detachment from the ideal forms of the body.
Obesity is a defense mechanism
Dr. Chiozza concludes that overweight may be some kind of defense mechanism. It materializes when there is an unconscious conflict associated with a feeling of incapacity.
Fat accumulated in the body is a way to prepare ourselves and our body for possible future activity. It is intended for action that we will not ultimately take, however, because we fear that we will not be able to do it correctly and satisfactorily.
An increase in the number of overweight people could, according to Dr. Chiozza, be a kind of response to a person’s sense of defenselessness. After all, then, the question is that we cannot stand the feeling of invalidity. This internal conflict thus hides under the cloak of obesity.
According to Dr. Chiozza, two things related to overweight can be distinguished. Some people are at physical risk for being overweight. In addition, there is a psychological risk of not responding to the prevailing perception of beauty in society.
Both of these risks are usually valid at the same time. Therefore, the situation of each person must be assessed separately. The person’s motivation could then be used to his or her advantage by following a particular nutrition and exercise program. These are the main factors regulating human weight in addition to metabolism.