Body image message for International Day of Happiness

Psychiatrist and psychoanalyst Carl Jung considered the most important factor for happiness in the human mind to be of good physical and mental health.

Happiness requires healthy self-esteem and confidence but appearance and the way we feel about ourselves has an impact.

New research has found that being overweight has a significant impact on our mental wellbeing, with 59 per cent of those surveyed suffering from low self-esteem and 61 per cent reporting a lack of social confidence.

The research commissioned by Cambridge Weight Plan, revealed that 47 per cent feel depressed and 35 per cent experience anxiety when overweight and 60 per cent blame their hang ups on their weight.

Wellbeing Expert Casey Beros said the research findings were confronting.

“Certainly not everyone who struggles with mental health is overweight, and not everyone who’s overweight struggles with mental health, but the research shows there is absolutely a relationship between them,” he said.

“Two in three Australians overweight or obese, that’s a huge amount of people who aren’t living healthy and most importantly happy lives.” 

The research found that 53 per cent who had already gone through a weight loss journey becoming more body confident and 51 per cent living a much healthier lifestyle. 

According to the research, after weight loss 4 per cent of people received a promotion at work, 12 per cent found love and 36 per cent started to enjoy exercise.

On the International Day of Happiness, experts are encouraging Australians to work on both their mind and body. 

If you are struggling with low self-esteem, depression or anxiety consult your GP or contact Beyond Blue.