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Overweight & Obesity

Being overweight and obese is a fairly common condition for many people in developed nations such as here in the United States where food supplies are plentiful, and people's lifestyle do not often involve a lot of physical activity and exercise.

It seems that there are more and more people struggling with weight loss, as well as the long list of symptoms resulting from being overweight or obese than ever before. Being overweight generally indicates that an individual has more body fat than us required for normal functioning. Obesity generally refers to a person with an excessive accumulation of body fat. Obesity is a chronic metabolic disease resulting from an imbalance between energy intake and energy output. Simply, a person is taking in more than they are burning, so the weight will accumulate.

There are so many conditions that are associated with obesity. Being overweight and obesity can mean reduced health and life expectancy and at a minimum, a limited lifestyle. Overweight and obese people are more likely to be diagnosed with health problems such as high blood pressure, type II diabetes, coronary heart disease and stroke, joint problems and degenerative arthritis, kidney disease, sleep apnea and respiratory problems. Other conditions associated with obesity include high cholesterol and triglycerides, complications from surgery, Gall bladder disease, fatty liver, pregnancy problems, skin conditions, and certain types of cancers. The list goes on and on.

Being overweight and Obesity-related conditions effect the body physically and effect the mind emotionally. One of the most unfortunate and painful aspects of obesity is to see a persons quality of life slowly crumble as well as the emotional suffering it can cause. Many people who are overweight or obese are unable to do what they want and often find themselves dealing with inconvenient and even embarrassing situations and problems on a daily basis. They often suffer from shortness of breath, have difficulty standing, walking and running, experience knee pains, backaches, excessive sweating, and poor skin conditions.

In addition to the various effects on health, overweight and obese people can experience work-related issues such as decreased productivity, and may tend to be absent more often than their physically fit coworkers.

Our culture in particular associates slimness with beauty and success. Overweight and obese people are often blamed for their condition, and considered to be lazy and lacking in willpower. Disapproval of an overweight or obese person expressed by some, can sometimes progress to bias, discrimination, and even torment or bullying. It is easy to understand why some people that are overweight or obese are more prone to damaging psychological conditions as well, such as depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, and a negative self-image.

Weight loss management is both challenging and difficult for most people. The good news is that it's possible for the majority of people to achieve and sustain a healthy weight and lifestyle. The bad news is that it does require some effort, including making good choices and applying mindful thinking.

You can manage your own weight by making relatively small changes in the way you eat. By making certain modest changes in your activities and lifestyle habits, you can manage your weight, feel better, improve your health long term, and look better in the process.

Most people who make an effort to create positive changes generally do it because they want to. Sometimes, people are scared not to make these changes. Everyone should be scared to lose the privilege of living the best life possible. It is up to you to take the right steps and make good choices.

Successful weight loss management and sustaining a healthy lifestyle is an ongoing. It is a lifelong process. It is not about achieving perfection; it's about investing in your self-care and wellness as much as possible throughout your life.

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