Understand The Physical And Psychological Effects Of Obesity

April 27, 2008

The effects of obesity is more far reaching than you know. If you are thinking that the effects of obesity are limited to your appearance, know that this is simply not true. According to experts, the effects of obesity are complex. Obesity affects both the body and the mind of the person. An obese person may suffer from different kinds of physical diseases such as diabetes, asthma, hypertension, heart problems, arthritis and others. According to experts, obese people are several times more likely to suffer from hypertension as compared to people who are within their ideal weight.

Psychological Effects of Obesity

An obese person may experience some psychological effects of obesity such as loss of self-esteem and depression. It is not uncommon for obese people to feel insecure and inferior to others. A lot of obese people are reclusive and find it uncomfortable to go out with their friends. To compound the situation further, the social life of the obese person may suffer a lot because of his or her condition.

In most cases, obese people have trouble finding some romantic relationships. Obese women in particular have trouble finding some romance because the standard of beauty set by society today requires that a woman should be thin. Since the media uses ultra thin models to promote the idea of beauty, even women who are just slightly on the fleshy side find themselves threatened.

It is not uncommon for obese people to be discriminated against in some places. For instance, it is not uncommon for obese people to meet some disapproving stares from people on a crowded train. In fact, some people do not have qualms about letting an obese person know that he or she is taking up more space than he or she should. In most cases, the effects of these incidents make an obese person feel more self-conscious and depressed than ever.

Getting Help

The best way to fight obesity to is to acknowledge the situation and to get some help from professionals. Obese people should never hesitate to get help regarding their situation. The effects of obesity are something that people should not tolerate. Nobody should suffer through the effects of obesity in silence. Obesity is an illness and there is nothing to be ashamed about this. We should understand that obesity is not just a result of too much eating and leading sedentary lives. There are many factors that contribute the obesity that people should never hesitate to consult a professional regarding their situation.

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