Dr. Khalid is a health researcher and science writer with a Ph.D. in clinical research.
Is Obesity a Sin?
Panic hits back and forth, particularly in circumstances where obese people encounter sarcasm and nasty conduct from all corners of human society. Media houses rigorously campaign against obesity and promote various advertisements that advocate the use of drugs and therapies to get rid of unwanted fat. A media article claims the potential of an alcohol use disorder medicine to trigger 40% of weight loss in obese people. The side-effects of obesity management pharmacotherapies are insurmountable and cause greater damage to the health and wellness of human populations. Interestingly, a scientific article in The Lancet discloses the role of the aggressive food industry in promoting binge eating patterns that predominantly increase the risk of obesity and related health complications. The advertisements of unhealthy food items and sugar-laden products motivate people to increase their consumption merely for the sake of satisfying their taste buds. The food industry’s alliance with big advertisement companies expands the promotion of junk food items across the globe. Ironically, people forget to identify the causes of obesity while criticizing its victims and rarely care to challenge strong misconceptions that deteriorate their eating habits in a variety of ways. A sedentary lifestyle based on unhealthy food habits and lack of exercise predominantly contribute to the development of obesity. The critics of obesity themselves become the victims of an unhealthy lifestyle while increasing their risk of chronic diseases.
Is Obesity Fatal?
Morbid obesity is the progenitor of various disease conditions. Obesity not only increases the risk of cardiovascular disease but also triggers lethal complications in acutely ill patients. A recently conducted research study reveals the risk of life-threatening complications in patients affected with necrotic soft tissue infection. The high prevalence of obesity and its contribution to serious diseases is a matter of concern for the entire health care community. Evidence-based clinical literature predicts 21% of global obesity prevalence in males as compared to 18% in females. Most importantly, obesity is the leading cause of debilitating diseases including mood disorders, heart disease, reproductive disorders, liver disease, hypertension, type-II diabetes mellitus, dyslipidemia, and cancers. Obesity triggers the inflammatory state of the human body while increasing the production of chemokines, leptin, tumor necrosis factor-alpha, adipokines, interleukin-6, and adiponectin. It also increases the risk of hypercoagulability and circulatory system complications. Obese patients experience a marked delay in the healing of their wounds. The psychological complications and physical disabilities associated with obesity drastically degrade the health and wellness of the affected people. Obese people experience a state of constant stress that not only reduces their immunity but also impacts their socialization. They consistently try different products and techniques of weight reduction that do not bring any health benefits to them in the longer run. The unverified use of obesity reduction products continues to benefit their manufacturers while increasing the health care burden of medical facilities. Eventually, the business entrepreneurship enjoys the profit of obesity while troubling the lives of its victims.
Is Obesity Management a Necessity?
The phobia of obesity is on the verge of its expansion. Some people leave no stone unturned to shred weights for improving their looks and gestures. The race for looking younger and more attractive is sometimes inspired by the film industry; however, it often becomes a necessity for a profession like modeling. It seems the business campaigns have thoroughly reduced the critical thinking and rationality of people as they tirelessly tolerate hunger and experiment with their bodies with steroids and herbs to get rid of their extra pounds. The desire to improve body figure sometimes forces people to customize their diet and exercise regimen in the absence of medical supervision. This rat race in many scenarios results in serious complications or disabilities that sometimes prove more fatal than obesity. The war against obesity ironically relies on the expectation of weight loss despite long-term health gains. The multifactorial complications of obesity require consistent medical supervision rather than unverified recommendations of media and pharma companies, for its systematic management.
Should You Manage Your Obesity?
You must not consider obesity as a sin or burden even when it's recorded as a chronic metabolic disease in the medical literature. Obesity is merely a red signal that prompts you to understand its causes and rational ways to manage your health outcomes. You must not lose your patience in the surge to reduce weight for the sake of improving your physical appearance. Obesity reduction should be based on a well-managed plan focusing to improve your health and contentment. You must not ignore your risks of long-term illnesses that your extra fat might increase at the cost of your sedentary lifestyle. The planning for the appropriate exercise and diet schedules should be undertaken under expert medical supervision. You must not presume your obesity merely while looking at your body structure, including the belly size. You should calculate your body mass index (BMI) and check the extra weight even before thinking about obesity management. Your ethnicity, dietary habits, family history, physical activity, and genetic configuration are some of the important factors that govern your body’s physiological processes. It's important to find out if your extra weight counts on your body’s fat or bone mass, since weight management in the absence of its root cause analysis could potentially increase your health complications. Your physician might recommend laboratory investigations including the liver function test, fasting blood glucose, HbA1C, or thyroid profile based on your extra calories and reported signs or symptoms. However, you must not allow obesity to become a cause of your panic in any situation. You should keep a check on your food habits and avoid binge eating, overeating, and late-night eating to avoid the risk of metabolic complications. The exclusion of soft drinks, energy drinks, alcoholism, and smoking are highly recommended to maintain a healthy lifestyle. You must not consider obesity as your enemy and rather interpret it as a facilitator of your health improvement. You must not give a safe passage to your obesity stress and stop following the weight reduction advertisements to protect your calm and mental health for a longer term. You must relax, enjoy the beautify of nature, and nurture your positive thoughts while appreciating the gift of life. You should think of losing weight only for the sake of health and not to overcome the sarcasm and societal expectations that relentlessly hit your mental health now and then. You must keep yourself hydrated, happy, physically active, joyous, and environment friendly to enjoy the state of health and wellness. Lastly, you should not hesitate to obtain regular advice from physicians and health experts without spending money and time on unverified obesity reduction products and services.
This content is for informational purposes only and does not substitute for formal and individualized diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed medical professional. Do not stop or alter your current course of treatment. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.
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