Obesity has become a dangerous epidemic, not just in the United States, but around the world. Obesity causes serious health risks, such as hypertension, type 2 diabetes, heart attacks, strokes, etc. Childhood obesity is increasing, and in some ways is more dangerous than adult obesity. Childhood obesity causes buildup of fat molecules and cholesterol in the veins, and as the child grows older, the buildup could lead to a blockage causing a heart attack.
One major part of fighting obesity is finding the right doctor to help you. If you’re not comfortable with your doctor you’ll probably be less likely to be open with them about what you need or what your concerns are. You don’t need someone who will be condescending or someone who’ll scold you; you should try to find someone who is invested in your wellbeing, and someone you can respect and work with.
One of the main ways to fight obesity is to become more active, however you should start slowly, and wait to start a vigorous workout regimen until you’ve lost about 10 percent of your body weight. Some with extreme obesity may have health issues such as arthritis or heart disease that can limit the amount of exercise, or that could be worsened by exercise. Again, have a plan in place with your doctor on the correct amount of physical activity for you.
Another important part of fighting obesity is having a good support system around you. Talk to your friends and family about your goals and your progress, and hopefully they’ll respectfully cheer you on. If you find yourself lacking a good support system, or just want to talk to people going through the same situation you are, look for support groups either in your area or online. Obesity can often lead to depression, so making sure you have that support and aren’t isolating yourself is important. Be mindful of who you have around you, that they’re supporting you, not controlling you or being condescending.
There are several organizations to help you fight obesity, including the Obesity Action Coalition; the Campaign to End Obesity; the CDC’s Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity; and the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. All of these organizations have resources to help you in your fight against obesity. For more information, visit their websites:
- The Obesity Action Coalition: http://www.obesityaction.org/
- The Campaign to End Obesity: http://www.obesitycampaign.org/default.asp
- CDC’s Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity: https://www.cdc.gov/obesity/index.html
- The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/obe