The Health Problem behind Obesity
There is a large movement happening across the media and internet right now to embrace obesity. The movement makes sense. About two-thirds of adults in the United States are overweight or obese, and with such a large number of people struggling with their weight, the issue of fat-shaming or discrimination against the overweight in any way shape or form is a huge problem, and one that is unforgiveable.
Every person should be treated with respect, but we need to be careful about not accidently thinking that obesity isn’t a problem. Obesity is a disease, one that is actually quite dangerous to your health. Loving your body is wonderful. This is something that every weight loss doctor will absolutely advocate, but part of loving your body should be the desire to treat it well, and that means understanding the potential health hazards of obesity.
Obesity is a Disease
Obesity is recognized as a disease internationally. The World Health Organization, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and medical professionals who specialize in weight loss will all attest to this.
The problem with obesity isn’t the excess weight itself, but instead is the health problems that the excess weight can create. Obesity increases your risk for a long list of chronic diseases, including:
- Heart disease
- High blood pressure
- Certain cancers
- Sleep apnea
- Gallbladder disease
These are serious health concerns that require serious treatment, and could in some cases even be life threatening. And this is just the tip of the iceberg. Obesity also impacts your body in physical ways, increasing your risk for injury to your primary joints, including your knees, hips and ankles. Osteoarthritis is common among those who struggle with obesity for any extended duration of time. Obesity also increases your risk for skin disorders and rash.
Mentally, obesity can have just as large of a toll. Obesity increases your risk of experiencing depression and anxiety.
The thing is, your risk of experiencing any of these so called obesity-related diseases can be decreased by losing weight. In some situations, the onset of many of these health problems can actually be reversed when you start to lose weight. This is true in the case of heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, and mental health concerns.
It is good to love your body. But more than that it is good to love yourself, and when you love someone you treat them right. Show yourself love by knowing the risks of obesity and doing your part to prevent these common health concerns. Your weight loss doctor can help you get started on the road to a healthier way of life.