Obesity and Social Anxiety

28 Dec

I’ve been obese now for more than a decade.  It’s not something I’m proud of, it’s terrible for my health and it’s something I’ve been trying to correct.  Fingers crossed!

One of the things I realized recently is that my obesity has started to cause me anxiety … social anxiety.  And it made me wonder … has anyone else had this come about as a result of their obesity?

Here’s my story …

I was a healthy weight until I was 22 years old.  I’m short – 5’2″ on a good day.  But I always stayed around 140 pounds.  It looked healthy on me, and I don’t like to be skin and bones.  I had some curves, some shape.  And I was happy.

I have never been the type of woman who was the life of the party – but I always enjoyed going out, never had issues being in public, etc.  I was always mindful of my appearance and tried to dress nicely … even just for a run to the grocery store.

Now?

Going out in public … even just to run errands … gives me major anxiety.  I hate being seen.  While I doubt I’m being judged by every single person I walk by – I can’t help but feel like I am.

Even just getting dressed to go out stresses me out.  No matter how cute an outfit might look, there’s nothing I can do anymore to hide the fact that I’m terribly obese.  I stretch my shirts, tug them down, and nothing can hide it.  It’s an awful feeling.

One of the things I look forward to most about losing this weight is not feeling so self conscious any time I have to be out in public.  Going back to a bit of who I was pre-obesity.

Has this happened to anyone else? Where your obesity became terribly isolating and a sense of anxiety?  I’d love to hear your story … and how you overcame it!  I am open to ideas … especially as I am a ways off from my weight loss goals.

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