Studies have found that 30 percent of adults who are categorized as obese first developed weight problems in childhood.
If you have weight problems as a child, chances are you have experienced low self-esteem as a result of social discrimination. Studies have indicated that teasing at school, fatigue, sleep disorders and other obesity-linked problems severely affect children's well-being.
Your genetics aren't just passed down via your family tree. "Body shame" can also be something that is passed down, and parents may unconsciously perpetuate insecurities.
Unfortunately, this discrimination continues into adulthood. It can still happen with your family, friends and even in the workplace; a job or a promotion could be denied because of how much you weigh.
Obesity can trigger psychological disorders including mental illness, depression, eating disorders, distorted body image and low self-esteem.
Director of Eating Disorder Service at the Recover Ranch in Tennessee, Susan Strain, ACSW, shares how you can overcome the psychological effects of obesity.