People-pleasers are prone to overeating

People-pleasers are prone to overeating

There is an interesting article on Time’s Heartland website: http://healthland.time.com/2012/02/02/how-people-pleasing-leads-to-overeating/ showing studies how people-pleasers tend to overeat. According to the article, people-pleasers tend to overeat to make other people feel more comfortable. It doesn’t matter if the person is hungry or not, in fact, the person could be full but will try and eat to put the other person at ease. 90% of the time, this person will regret overeating and usually faces physical discomfort later.

Studies show that people-pleasers tend to mimic what and the amount other people eat in order have a good impression of them. On the flip side, studies show that people like those who follow their behavior. So overeating is not all for nothing, it does make people like you more, but at the expense of your health, discomfort, and weight. Just imagine how detrimental having two people-pleasers together can be in a dinner setting. The one serving the food will offer more and more food as the guest enthusiastically eats to show their love for the food. They can’t say no to being offered more food and will overeat until they can’t eat anymore. This is ironic because people-pleasers will fare worse when they are overweight. People that are overweight tend to have less self-esteem and will view themselves lower.

Is there a fix to this? It might seem easy to outsiders peering in without this problem, but it is a psychological condition that is hard to break. People-pleasers are prone to depression and anxiety. Overeating will always be a problem for people-pleasers in social settings. They will be popular at parties, but at the expense of their waistline.

 

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