You don't need us to tell you how bad it feels when you're bloated after a meal. You're enjoying your food, minding your own business when BAM! A food baby grows in your belly, usually accompanied by strange sounding noises and abdominal discomfort. We've all been there, and know exactly how uncomfortable (and unattractive) it is.
Medical consequences of obesity, accumulating gradually, mostly over the age of 40, affect every organ system of the body, precipitating and aggravating chronic illnesses (the most devastating being diabetes), CHD and several major cancers. More importantly for obese people, it leads to physical disabilities - breathlessness, asthma, fatigue, arthritis, back pain. Once obese, people commonly experience feelings of shame, self-reproach and inadequacy. Thus depression and anxiety compound the ill.