I'm depressed because I want to lose weight

Sherry Katz, LCSW
Sherry Katz, LCSW
Couples and Family Therapist, LCSW

Our culture sets a very high standard on being within range of what is considered "normal" weight, that probably more people than you imagine, have faced a similar feeling of not living up to standards of how much to weigh.

Are you actually too heavy for your height and bone structure?

First be sure you're depressed about an actual weight problem and not due to failing a cultural standard that is difficult for most people to reach.

If you truly weigh more than is healthy, then figure out the reason for being depressed about losing weight.

Were you criticized by your parents when young, for all sorts of things, especially appearance?

Do you associate too much weight with self-criticism, sense of failure?

Your question here is very brief so I'm only guessing the possible areas, based on typical ideas people often have about themselves and weight.

Basically, if you view weight loss as a method of self-care, go slow and steady with it, you'll find your way!

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