You may remember that Anger is one of the key emotions that adversely affects your health and your weight. Anger along with Shame and Guilt are the topics that I will be looking at over the next few days.
Anger is a masking emotion. It masks a huge number of other emotions. These include:
Everyone gets angry now and then, but anger can have a negative impact on any efforts to lose weight?
Research shows that both men and women tend to weigh more if they test high for anger. It’s not difficult to figure out why anger can lead to weight gain. Just think about how anger normally makes us feel and what it does to our plans and goals. Anger is a loss of control, when we are angry we do not make good decisions and come to regret our behaviour which adds more to the burden which we then stuff down with food.
Anger typically makes us feel like giving up and resisting doing just about anything that’s good for us. Anger also produces conflict, which leads to stress. And we have talked about the connection between stress and weight gain. Anger is distracting. When people are angry they have a hard time focusing on anything but what they’re angry about, which means healthy intentions can go out the window because anger has all their attention and emotions are stuffed down with food including secret eating or binge eating. Anger can also be self-destructive. There are two main types of anger:
• Situational anger is connected to a particular, and recent, event maybe bullying or scapegoating or just a thoughtless adult making a comment.
• Chronic anger is the hidden type. This is the type of anger a person carries around for years. It is usually connected to experiences that happened long ago and may not even be in the person’s consciousness anymore. The effects show up repeatedly, and symptoms include a negative attitude toward life, frequent outbursts of anger, recurring conflicts with other people and even anger toward one’s self, ranging from irrational self-criticism to self-mutilation.
Chronic anger – of which you are totally unaware – may be the reason you are YOYOing in your weight. Uncovering and dealing with the anger will release the negativity in you and your new calm will improve your eating habits.