Teens Who Feel Heavy Weigh More Later
Feeling fat may be a self-fulfilling prophecy. Researchers asked more than 1,190 normal-weight teens to describe their weight. Eleven years later, the researchers compared the participants' perceived weight with their current weight and learned that those who as teens saw themselves as heavy were more likely to be overweight as adults. Among those who felt overweight as teens, 63 percent of boys and 59 percent of girls became overweight as they aged. The study didn't look at the reason behind the mind-body connection.
Source: Journal of Obesity, 2012