Grammy winner Adele is making news for more than her stellar voice. The songstress has an upcoming interview about her body image with Anderson Cooper on CBS' 60 Minutes. She reportedly explains to Cooper that even though her weight has been criticized in the media, she feels no pressure to be skinny and is happy with the way that she looks.
Body Image and Weight Loss
While Adele may not be interested in losing weight, those who are may want to take a lesson from her. According to research, dieters with a healthy body image are more likely to be successful at weight loss. Negative emotions that stem from lack of confidence and embarrassment can prevent some overweight people from dieting or starting an exercise program.
In a study published in Body Image, An International Journal of Research, researchers in Portugal found that when obese women became more satisfied with their size, they were able to successfully lose weight. In addition, study authors found that the improvement in body image and improved self-confidence was also a predictor of long-term weight loss success.
How to Improve Your Body Image
Emotional barriers to weight loss are not impossible to overcome. A qualified therapist may be able to help you to work through feelings that stand in the way of losing weight. If you don't have access to therapy, simple motivational techniques such as journaling and positive self-talk can also be effective.
If, like Adele, there are people around you who speak poorly about your size or contribute to your negative environment, learn to speak up and ask for the emotional support that you need. Even if the negative comments don't stop, the confidence you gain from standing up for yourself can have a positive impact on your self-image and possibly on your ability to lose weight.