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The Emotional Effects Of Obesity

Obesity in America has been trending for a very long time. Our culture promotes indulgence in all things, especially food. According to the CDC (Center For Disease Control and Prevention), Non-Hispanic blacks (49.6%) had the highest age-adjusted prevalence of obesity, followed by Hispanics (44.8%), non-Hispanic whites (42.2%), and non-Hispanic Asians (17.4%).

The prevalence of obesity was 40.0% among young adults aged 20 to 39 years, 44.8% among middle-aged adults aged 40 to 59 years, and 42.8% among adults aged 60 and older. Childhood obesity is also a serious problem in the United States. However, many people have begun to shift the focus from healthy eating habits to embracing obesity as self-love and self-care, but how do really feel about ourselves if we are willing to stuff ourselves to the point of sickness and disease.

Obesity has been associated with cardiovascular disease, diabetes, joint trauma, back pain, cancer, hypertension, and mortality. According to an article published in the National Library of Medicine, research and interviews with patients of gastric bypass surgery indicated that obesity not only influences individuals' health but also their psychological state. In particular, this research highlights a role for depression, anxiety, self-esteem, and body dissatisfaction. Participants described the multitude of ways being obese impacted upon their self-identity and their lives in general. They described how it had influenced their mood, their self-perception, a feeling of dissociation, their health, and how these factors had been reversed following weight loss. Participants described the emotional consequences of their weight using terms such as “miserable”, “depressed”, “disgust”, “killing myself”, “ashamed”, “guilt”, and “hate”.

Self-love and self-care are important, but we must clearly define what this process looks like in our daily lives. Does self-care involve overeating with every meal, skipping workouts, or any physical activity daily? Is self-love consuming fast foods, processed foods, and sugars daily? Can we really state that we love ourselves because we have decided to accept the way we live our lives and the habits we adopt which cause us to die young, and live sickly? Where do we draw the line between self-love and realistic reasoning regarding the changes we can make to make us feel better about ourselves? I am convinced that we should take our diets more seriously than we do. The Center for Retirement Research at Boston College published a brief that compares U.S. life expectancy, separately for men and women, to nine other countries in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). It focuses on two factors that may have contributed to the U.S.’s relatively poor performance: smoking and obesity.

Steps To Fighting Obesity and Regaining Emotional Health

Eat more fruits and vegetables. It's pretty simple, cruciferous vegetables, whole fruits, nuts, and seeds can help people who are obese lose weight and keep it off if adopted as a lifestyle. Let's stop looking at healthy eating as a diet, but a way of living. Use the resources you have such as Google and YouTube to find healthy recipes that may interest you and get into the kitchen. If are busy and can afford personal chef services, hire a chef that understands nutrition and healthy cooking methods to cook your meals. Gorgeous Green Chef is a personal chef company that focuses on preparing meals for people who seek to lose weight, fight disease, and maintain overall healthy eating habits. As we approach a new year, let's strive to break away from habits and traditions that have caused us to be emotionally unstable and physically depleted. Start saying no this holiday season to overeating and consuming foods that do not aid in weight loss and your overall health. Drink lots of water daily, and perform some type of exercise whether it be walking, running, swimming, or weight lifting. Speak kindly to yourself and understand that you matter. You were created to be in great health and live a fruitful life. Take advantage of every day you are blessed to open your eyes and start again. You may fall but get back up. Surround yourself with people who will hold you accountable for the goals you have set for yourself and make sure they are not enabling your bad eating habits. If you decide to attend family gatherings, think about bringing a healthy dish, or eating before you arrive to avoid overeating and eating the wrong foods. Just remember you do not have to live in depression, anger, low self-esteem, and sickness. You have a choice. Start choosing life and the foods that promote a healthier life. Start living life the green way!

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