There are so many emotional factors to weight gain that impede our ability to address it as a health issue. Obesity feels personal because of the societal pressures to be fit, and thin and attractive. The incorrect assumption for anyone to make about an issue with weight management is that it is a choice. No one really prefers to feel tired, or dissatisfied with their appearance. There are a number of health and emotional triggers which cause it, and it is a health issue.
The importance of addressing the societal norms about obesity is important, because it has become a crises and epidemic in many countries around the world. Whether due to affluence and the prevalence of unhealthy fast food, a more hectic lifestyle (sleeping less) and even stress, the concern far surpasses any aesthetic. Obesity is linked to significant physical impairments, chronic health risks and even emotional symptoms of depression.
If losing weight was easy, most weight loss guides and programs would simply have two chapters; 1) Eat Less and 2) Exercise More. Unfortunately it is a little more complicated than that both for the patient, and for physicians.
The Health and Lifestyle Costs of Obesity
The diagram does an excellent job of pointing out the health risks to your vital organs when a healthy weight is not sustained. The impact on the functioning of the vital organs under the stress of obesity cause a number of conditions from difficulty with breathing (obstructive sleep apne and hypoventilation syndrome) to increased risk of stroke, diabetes and certain types of cancers. Uncomfortable conditions such as gout, osteoarthritis and problems with painful menses and fertility are all linked to obesity.
One of the most unfortunate symptoms of obesity is the impact of fat on our mood. Why some speculate that it is an emotional response only, researchers have demonstrated that excessive fat cells release hormones that significantly alter our mood. Adiposity in patients has been linked as a cause of depression, and conversely depression has been studied as a cause of obesity.
“… in a meta-analysis of over 50 studies, Howren et al2 found that the majority of studies show that depressed patients have elevations in the proinflammatory cytokines, interleukin (IL)-6, and IL-1β as well as the acute phase protein, C-reactive protein (CRP). A recent meta-analysis has revealed that the proinflammatory cytokine, tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-α, is also increased in patients with major depression.”
Getting Started: Five Tips to Win at Losing
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