Self-esteem may help individuals shed weight, bunions
A recent study reveals that positive body image may help people lose excess body fat.
Individuals who are overweight or obese face a number of health issues throughout their lifetime, including diabetes, cardiovascular problems, pain in the lower extremities and bunions, to a name a few. However, some of these conditions are preventable or treatable with weight loss.
Researchers at the Technical University of Lisbon and Bangor University are reporting that high self-esteem may be integral in helping people attain a healthy weight.
"Our results showed a strong correlation between improvements in body image, especially in reducing anxiety about other peoples' opinions, and positive changes in eating behavior. From this we believe that learning to relate to your body in healthier ways is an important aspect of maintaining weight loss and should be addressed in every weight control program," said lead researcher Pedro Teixeira.
Individuals in need of losing excess fat - especially those with cardiovascular issues - may want to consider consulting with their doctor before embarking on a diet or exercise plan. When done in a healthy manner, weight loss can make a significant improvement in lower extremity and bunion pain.
Additionally, those with bunions may want to consider using bunion splints or orthotics to prevent or correct the deformity, which can help make physical activity easier.