Loneliness Can Lead to Serious Weight Gain

Article ID: 564771

Released: 19-May-2010 2:50 PM EDT

Source Newsroom: Houston Methodist

Newswise — Despite the fact most of us have cell phones, Internet access and other communication devices, many still deal with loneliness on a daily basis. For some, emotional distress can lead to overeating and serious weight gain.

Mary Jo Rapini, a psychotherapist with The Methodist Weight Management Center in Houston, says people tend to head to the pantry when they are lonely because it brings them comfort. Some will begin to gain a lot of weight, begin to feel even more self conscious about their appearance, and fall into a deeper depression.

Rapini adds that it’s important to get your feelings out when you are depressed. If you have no one to talk to, you can express yourself by journaling, drawing self-portraits of how you are feeling or writing poetry or short stories about your situation.


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