ALSA – Obesity – Psychology

Obesity and mental health operate in a positive feedback loop. ALSA Pakistan’s first step of the weight loss journey is psychological therapy. It would be too facile to say that there is a positive correlation between obesity and mental health. Fortunately, ALSA Pakistan integrates a comprehensive approach to deal with obesity. We accompany you not only to give a healthy lifestyle but to maintain it. Several physiological, environmental, and social factors catalyze the obesity, mental health cycle and provide the main root cause of the obesity cycle, such as:

  • Binge eating and Bulimia nervosa
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Substance abuse
  • Quality of life
  • Body image and self-esteem
  • Sexual, physical abuse, and emotional neglect

Behavioral change is a change worth making an effort for!

Therefore, to help our clients through the weight loss journey, the experts try to incorporate the best suitable approaches such as motivational interviewing.

Ignorance is the Dominion of a low-quality lifestyle – Obesity

These aspects of obesity are very less understood in our society, and most obese patients do not realize any of these triggers. There are three levels to treat obesity.

  • Psychotherapy
  • Pharmacotherapy
  • Bariatric & Laparoscopic surgery

Moreover, jumping on to pharmacotherapy and bariatric surgeries without the root cause of obesity results in relapse and more complications. Hence why ALSA Pakistan deals both with obesity and mental health at different levels. To ensure the promising results of the treatment, our professionals ensure to diagnose the principal cause of obesity.
Obesity and mental health

Socratic Methods

Not only we counsel, motivate, and advise our patients for behavior changes rather; we inculcate a sense of self-evaluation. For this purpose, ALSA Pakistan psychotherapy incorporates the Socratic method, which is a cooperative argumentative dialogue. Hence, we ensure to encourage the patient for self-appraisal.

Obesity and mental health

Need to be addressed side by side. At ALSA Pakistan, we have experienced and well-known psychotherapists on board who cope with the disease on psychological grounds at different levels according to the patient.


At the first stage, the patients are not aware of the main root cause of their obesity, and they are never prepared for behavioral change. Therefore, analyzing the mindset and body condition, our professionals convince them for certain changes via reasoning and proper advice. After all, motivational interviewing is a tried and tested approach to motivate certain weight loss practices.


Attributing to the strong correlation between obesity and mental health, it is vital to accept the condition. Once the person acknowledges the need to change, there comes the contemplation stage. Despite getting the facts about their disease, patients are often reluctant to take action. That’s where ALSA Pakistan proficient team counsels them for small steps towards weight loss. Success in achieving these small goals motivates the person to work more towards the ultimate goals of behavioral changes for successful weight loss.

Hence, ALSA Pakistan fulfills its promise of full recovery from obesity and mental health disorders. Once the patient agrees to make certain behavioral changes, there are five main principles.
  • 1Express empathy through reflective listening
  • 2Develop discrepancy between clients’ goals or values and their current behavior.
  • 3Avoid argument and confrontation.
  • 4 Try to adapt to client resistance rather than opposing it directly.
  • 5Support self-efficacy and optimism.

Only maintaining a healthy lifestyle can release you from the fears and constraints that obesity and mental health bring about. Even after surgeries, obesity relapse may occur if Irregular diet routine, psychological disorders, and other factors are not addressed properly.We, ALSA Pakistan, are here just to escort you through your journey towards a happy, healthy life again! Le voila!

Frequently Asked Questions

What impact does obesity have on my mental health?

Obesity has been associated with mood and anxiety issues in several studies. This means that if you’re overweight, you’re more prone to develop a mental illness like depression or anxiety.

How can i deal obesity on a psychological level?

People have employed a variety of coping mechanisms to deal with obesity, including:

  • Getting out of the situation.
  • Positively responding.
  • Making use of positive self-talk.
  • Using self-acceptance techniques

What are my coping mechanisms for being overweight?

The first step in treating overweight and obesity is to stick to a healthy eating plan with less calories and regular physical activity.

  • Changing your lifestyle
  • Weight-loss medicines
  • Weight-loss gadgets
  • Bariatric surgery
  • Special diets.

What are the psychological consequences of obesity?

Obesity has significant psychological effects in addition to physical consequences, reducing the quality of human existence. Depression, poor body image, low self-esteem, eating disorders, stress, and poor quality of life are all major psychological effects of this condition, all related to age and gender.

What causes depression in people who are obese?

Obesity can lead to a negative self-image, low self-esteem, and social isolation, all linked to depression. Obese people are more likely to be ignored, stigmatized, and discriminated against.

What is the link between mental health and obesity?

Obesity is linked to a 25% rise in the likelihood of mood and anxiety disorders, as well as a 25% decrease in the likelihood of substance use disorders.

Is there a link between overweight and depression?

Obesity is frequently linked to emotional problems like melancholy, anxiety, and depression. Obese adults had a 55 percent higher risk of acquiring depression over the course of their lives than non-obese people, according to a 2010 study.

Is it possible for obesity to cause anxiety?

While obesity may not directly cause anxiety, some evidence suggests that it contributes to anxiety by disrupting a person’s hormones, which can then lead to other anxiety-producing behaviors.

What factors contribute to stress if I’m obese?

Obese people are also more prone to have mental (e.g., depression) and physical (e.g., OSAS, chronic discomfort owing to weight gain) issues, leading to chronic stress or increased cortisol levels.

What impact does being overweight have on my social life?

Aside from physical closeness, obesity can have a negative impact on social life, as overweight or obese people are more likely to be bullied, ridiculed, or excluded. They’re also more inclined to bully others. They may also exercise less and stay indoors due to their fear of bullying.

What happens if you don’t treat your obesity?

Obesity is a significant medical condition that can lead to metabolic syndrome, high blood pressure, atherosclerosis, heart disease, diabetes, high blood cholesterol, malignancies, and sleep disturbances.

Is there a link between weight and mood?

Obesity affects the areas of your brain that control your mood. For example, low energy and drive can lead to less activity and exercise while you’re depressed. You may gain weight as a result.

What is the most effective obesity treatment?

Obesity is best treated by eating a nutritious, low-calorie diet and exercising consistently, and bariatric surgery is the most effective treatment option.

Does obesity affect relationships?

Obese or underweight people may be less prone to form strong social bonds.