Doctors are now classifying obesity as a disease that is defined by having a Body Mass Index or BMI over 30. On the one hand, it is good that the medical profession is beginning to look for ways to prevent diseases. Obesity is an indicator for such conditions as diabetes and heart disease. But to call obesity a disease unto itself is a bold decision that will take many years before we see the effects of it.
I agree that carrying around an additional 20, 50, 100 pounds is not a good thing. However, to go as far as to say a person with say a BMI of 33 has a disease may be a little misleading. There is no clear diagnosis other than one measurement, the BMI and no straight forward treatment or cure.
People become obese for many reasons. Unless you find the particular reason that has contributed to your becoming obese you will never be able to successfully lose weight and keep it off. Diet and exercise are but two pieces of the puzzle. However other factors can contribute to why someone may be obese.
All of these can lead to problems with weight management. Contrary to popular belief, obese people are lazy or have an unhealthy relationship with food. The human body is a complexed organism that is designed to heal itself if given the necessary food, activity, and rest. The problem I have with classifying obesity as a disease is that people diagnosed with obesity may fall into the trap of thinking a pill or surgery is the only way to fight the disease. They can also believe that the condition is something they have to live with and make accommodations for their disability.
I urge anyone who needs or would like to drop 50 pounds or more, to get professional help. Dietitians, personal trainers, and even psychologist can help you get to the root issue that is keeping you overweight. They can then devise a holistic plan to drop the weight. The best weight loss plan is one that takes into account the whole person and not just treat or mask the symptoms associated with being overweight.
The Little Things You Can Do Today
- Find out how much you weigh
- Determine your BMI
- Make a doctor’s appointment to have your blood pressure, cholesterol, and fasting blood sugar checked
- Determine if you need to see a professional such as a dietitian, personal trainer, or psychologist.
- Make up in your mind that obesity is something you can and will overcome.
Until Next Week,
Nicole D.P. McLaughlin, P.T.
- Obesity in America: Behavior Expert Reveals ‘Hidden’ Cause and How to Address It (prweb.com)
- Obesity and the Brain (psychologytoday.com)
- Obesity a Disease or Result of Poor Eating Habits? (Poll) (guardianlv.com)