Life brings on many challenges, some welcome, some unwanted. There are some we don’t give a thought to because we never had to deal with them. My interest in fashion and healthy lifestyles led me to thinking about people who are challenged with living with obesity.
60% of adults are currently living with obesity or, are overweight. Do you ever think about the everyday challenges these people encounter?
One of the first and most important one is their health. They are at a greater risk for diabetes, high blood pressure,heart disease, gallstones, and other chronic illnesses. It has also been linked to increased risk for some cancers.
Being obese or overweight is a combination of several things, your environment, eating choices, your metabolism, your genes, your immediate family’s lifestyle, your income, your level of self control and many other things.
Bottom line, obesity is a challenge that none of us want to endure.Imagine, having to think about the layout of a place before we decide to actually make the trip there.
- Are there steps to climb?
- Will the seating be large enough and sturdy enough?
- Are the entrances large enough if wheelchair bound?
- Bathrooms large enough?
These are only a few things among many that has to be thought out before even leaving home. What about when you reach your destination? Are you ready for the stares? We are all human, we know when an obese or overweight person enter a room, we are going to stare at them.
Can you picture yourself being stared at or have you been stared at for having an artificial or missing limb?, (women), thinning hair or no hair?, a facial disfigurement?, a bad stutter? My point is, we all face challenges, some are small, some are large and living with obesity is one of the larger ones.
Obesity can be hard to treat for many reasons. One is being ashamed to reach out for help. Some people are reluctant to face the sniggering and aversion a lot of people will show. Many people do not see obesity as a disease, they see it as being lazy, gluttony, and greedy. Oh, if only we could control every faucet of how we look and how we think, we would all walk around looking like what we think is perfect.
Income level is another challenge that obese people face. Because of a low income, some people have limited choices in what they eat, in trying to stretch their food budget, sometimes quantity overrides healthier choices of foods. In this case, you tend to buy food that you can stretch over a long period of time, rather than healthy choices of vegetables, fruits, meats and dairy.
Another challenge is a good support group. As I stated before, many people do not realize that obesity is a disease and think people who are obese are just lazy and do not care for themselves. This is not true, obese people need medical help, family and friends support to overcome this illness. They are afraid of being treated with disrespect and outrageous for “letting themselves” get this big.
There is plenty of help for obese and overweight people. Treatment is a lifetime challenge, but it is doable.
The bottom line is to learn and invent ways to eat better (healthier) and move more.
Reach out and find help! http://www.medicinenet.com/obesity