Thursday, July 11, 2013

Psychological Risks of Repeated Dieting

Repeated unsuccessful attempts at lasting weight loss can seriously affect the dieter's psychological well-being. 

With each weight loss attempt, individuals experience increasing failure (Wooley and Wooley,1993).  Failed diet attempts continue to diminish an already low self esteem, increase depression, and loss of empowerment. The loss of self esteem may further cause one to blame them self for the failure instead of blaming the diet or weight loss program. After all, it can't be Weight Watchers fault, right? (As an example.)

Graphic with permission from L. Omichinski, RD. 

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