The perceived and often real stigma of being overweight can be damaging in terms of mental health. Those with weight issues often experience stigma from employers, the media, educators and even family and friends – the latter is usually given in the form of friendly ‘humour’ but the damage to the recipient’s mental health is no less real. The consequences of this can lead to depression, lowered self-esteem, anxiety etc. It can also lead to eating disorders. A large proportion of weight issues are linked with mental health and are often a result of unresolved issues that therapy can address. Fitness and nutrition are vital factors in a healthy lifestyle, mental health is the third vital ingredient.