US News & World Reports
Weight-loss success stories tend to highlight the significant impact losing excess pounds can have on a person’s physical health and outlook on life – and for good reason.
“Some people lose dramatic amounts of weight and it really is life-changing … in a positive way,” says Alexis Conason, a psychologist in private practice in New York City who specializes in the treatment of body image issues and eating disorders. But flying in the face of a cultural fixation on weight – and getting down to a smaller size – Conason says that frequently high expectations aren’t realized when the scale registers a lower number. “For many people there’s a certain disappointment that goes along with it.”
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