Over the course of the past couple decades, society has tossed around the word “obese” through casual conversation between normal weight people talking in regards to their appearance or the way they may feel after eating. But many do not know that by definition, obesity is when an individuals BMI index is 30 kg/milligrams squared, accounting for two thirds of Americans. Other than the physical evidence of being classified as obese, there are psychiatric behaviors signs that may become the result of having your body in this condition.
- Do you find yourself mild-severely depressed?
- Have you been experiencing extreme anxiety?
- Do you experience panic attacks?
- Do you ever have suicidal thoughts?
- Are you dissatisfied with your weight/size?
- Do you suffer from social anxiety?
- Do you find yourself turning to food to relieve stress?
Obesity is a disorder where the health effects may happen at different times or frequencies to different bodies.In todays’ society, Americans alone are consuming 340 additional calories than they were in the 1980’s, which is most likely a refined type of carbohydrate, and more often out to eat at restaurants or fast food destinations and not prepared at home. Even though the amount of time spend together as a family unit, eating at the dinner table has become more uncommon, peoples’ portion sizes have only grown larger in size. The temptation comes with buying for convenience and most people not wanting to make the effort or take the time to prepare meals ahead of time or just at home.
This habit of purchasing and consuming inexpensive, low effort, processed foods leads to activities requiring minimal effort or movement such as TV watching, computer time, video games, etc., creating even unhealthier patterns.
Before you freak out or assume that you qualify as an “obese person” you must make sure that your current physique is not due to a failing thyroid or pituitary gland that would severely restrict someone from daily, physical activity or strenuous movement in general.
It also wouldn’t hurt to check the stress levels in your life or what may be releasing the chemical cortisol in your body which may be producing unwanted fat cells.
Because no two cases are the same, and no two bodies are the same, if you can identify with obesity who can help you identify aspects of your life that trigger body shaming and the need to remain in control of preparing your food. Reach out to us by phone or email (whichever you are most comfortable with) and we can help you get the help you need to take control of your health, your body and self control! When you are ready, look through our directory and find and contact a counselor, nutritionist or anyone specialized in obesity a in particular! We have provided a directory to help you receive the best possible care to reach recovery and heal your mind. Just one phone call or email away can be the start of your improved health, mind and life! Call someone today 🙂