Obesity And Depression – A Solution Beyond Pharmaceuticals

The Center for Disease Control reports that 67% of Americans are overweight and 34% are obese. The rest of the world shouldn’t snicker, they are catching up at an alarming rate.

Obesity is determined by Body Mass Index (BMI). A BMI greater than 30 is considered obese. Over 35 and you are morbidly obese. Many people are quite surprised to find they are clinically overweight or obese. In a recent study of job applicants who were surveyed, 2% reported that they considered themselves obese when, based on body composition analysis, 24% were actually obese.

Our progress toward obesity, and more alarmingly our acceptance of overweight and obesity as normal, has been gradual but has reached a critical point where we must take action.

If you’re obese, you’re more likely to develop a number of potentially serious health problems, including:

  • Blood (fat) lipid abnormalities
  • Cancer, including cancer of the uterus, cervix, ovaries, breast, colon, rectum and prostate
  • Depression
  • Gallbladder disease
  • Gynecological problems, such as infertility and irregular periods
  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Metabolic syndrome
  • Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Skin problems, such as intertrigo and impaired wound healing
  • Sleep apnea
  • Stroke
  • Type 2 diabetes

Quality of life

Being overweight is frequently inconvenient. When you’re obese, your overall quality of life may be lower, too. You may not be able to get around or to perform normal daily activities as well as you’d like. You may have trouble participating in family activities. You may avoid public places. You may even encounter discrimination. Employers are very aware of the additional health care costs and lower production associated with obese employees.

Any of the health problems on the list above are serious but one that feeds on itself exponentially is depression. Obesity changes physiology. The symptoms of depression – such as decreased motivation, low energy, poor sleep, overeating, and negative thinking – also negatively impact one’s efforts to maintain a healthy level of fitness. Less activity exacerbates the obesity and resulting chronic illnesses.

Modern medicine’s approach is pharmaceutical. There is no more classic case of treating the symptom instead of the problem than treating depression with psychotropic drugs with their plethora of long-term side effects.

Taking a nutritional approach treats the root of the problem. Providing nutrients on the cellular level brings energy sapped by depression and natural stimulants are a much better alternative and encourages increased activity.

For a person suffering depression as a result of obesity, a personal wellness coach can be helpful to provide objectivity and consistent motivation. An experienced coach can monitor and point out the progresses that are being achieved.

Source by Tom Bradley

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