Obesity, like being overweight, is the result of multiple factors including genetic factors, physiology, individual psychology, individual history, and the relationships with the environment. These different factors are specific to each individual, which is why no two persons with weight problems can be helped in the same way.
Whatever the level of excess weight, one person or another can perceive this as being more or less painful. It can often be associated with eating disorders.
Binge Eating Disorder (BED) is the main eating disorder resulting in weight gain in adults, teenagers, and sometimes children.
Binge eating episodes are associated with some of the following features: eating large amounts of food when not feeling physically hungry, eating much more rapidly than normal, eating alone because of being embarrassed by how much one is eating. Eating until feeling uncomfortably full and feeling disgusted with oneself, depressed or very guilty after overeating.
Binge eating disorder is not associated with regular compensatory behaviour (such as self -induced vomiting or strenuous exercise).
This behaviour and associated problems with weight gain are sources of suffering.
Integrative psychotherapy as I practice it, aims to establish a global balance through the integration of emotions, and offers help for this kind of difficulty.