Obesity: It Is Not Just about Looks

Obesity is a word that everyone is used to hearing lately in regards to the health of developed nations. So many people, from children to elderly adults, are getting fatter with no sign of relief. In fact, human beings are tipping the scales at the highest average weight in both men and women in recorded history. This epidemic is often viewed as a self control issue; if a person would just eat less and exercise more, then he or she would no longer be at risk of becoming obese. However, studies show that it isn’t just about the amount of food we eat. Obesity is a complex disorder that affects each sufferer differently.

When a person is obese, they often suffer from at least one of the following health problems: heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke, high cholesterol, metabolic syndrome, a variety of cancers, breathing disorders including sleep apnea, gallbladder disease, gynecological problems in women, erectile dysfunction in men, fatty liver disease, and osteoarthritis. As you can see, nearly every part of your body is negatively affected by obesity. It can cause you to have everything from breathing issues to even cancer. Obesity is a serious condition that will cause lifelong complications if not prevented or resolved.

Obesity not simply affects your body but it also diminishes the quality of your life. Obese people are usually unable to lead an active lifestyle and some social activities become inaccessible to them. With this inability to fully interact with friends and family without discomfort, an obese individual may become withdrawn. It is possible that he or she will suffer from depression in addition to all of the physical health ailments caused by obesity.

Luckily, obesity is a reversible disorder, meaning that it is not permanent and almost anyone can correct their weight although with hard work and determination. If a person is struggling with obesity, he or she should visit the doctor to understand which of their habits are contributing to the obesity most. Sometimes, changing one’s eating habits to promote more whole foods and less processed foods is enough to lessen the effects of obesity. If the problem is psychological (which is the case for most seriously obese people) and a patient’s grip on poor eating habits cannot be corrected easily, intensive behavioral therapy for obesity should be part of the regimen.

Since obesity can cause a myriad of health problems, some of which can eventually lead to death, it is crucial to take care of yourself to avoid the risks of becoming obese and, as a result, sick.