According to the World Health Organization (WHO) in 2014 more than 1.9 billion adults and 41 million children under the age of 5 were overweight or obese. The amount of obese people has nearly doubled from 1980 to 2008. Overweight issues were associated with the countries with a high level of income, but now obesity has become a serious concern in low- and middle-income countries.
An exact definition of the term “obesity” is being discussed but in general, it implies “fatness above average”. WHO explains both being overweight and obese as having risk exposure to people’s health.
Obesity has become an epidemic in the United States. Research confirms this fact.
Causes of being Overweight and Obese?
Through studies and research, many causes have been identified as contributing factors for obesity. For some people, an increased weight occurs due to genetic and hormonal factors, but for most people obesity develops at the physiological level when an individual receive more calories than being absorbed and used during activity. The body accumulates the excess calories in fat tissue that cause weight gain and obesity.
A key contributing factor to obesity is an unhealthy convenience and junk food diet that is high-calorie dehydrated with a large amount of sugar, unhealthy eating habits, such as eating high-calorie meals at night, skipping a morning meal and absence of dietary control.
Certain drugs and medical conditions can also be a significant factor that causes weight gain: some steroid treatments, antipsychotic medications, anti-seizure medications, and antidepressants.
- Urbanization has affected people’s lifestyle: greater use of motorized transport resulted in inactivity and lack of regular exercise, the food industry has been offering processed, packed and rather cheap items. Physical education has become less relevant.
- Pregnancy is a natural and necessary reason for weight gain. But after delivery of a child, many women cannot return to their normal shape.
- Poor sleep also leads to changes in hormones that increase appetite, which in turn causes weight gain.
What is a danger of Obesity?
Since 2004, Obesity is considered as a disease and its treatment can b reimbursed to the healthcare community by Medicare.
Being overweight and obese a person is in a serious danger and the highest risk of chronic diseases exists such as:
- Diabetes when the pancreas is not able to produce enough or any insulin, which is important for metabolism and creation energy for the normal body activity that can cause other problems;
- High blood pressure and stroke;
- Cancer in different forms and types, for example, breast cancer in both woman and man, esophagus cancer;
- Cardiovascular diseases: heart attack, congestive heart failure, when a heart is not able to enough blood to all other organs, enlarged heart and other fatty liver disease when extra fat cell are accumulating in the liver affecting its normal activity;
- Digestive system diseases: gastro-esophageal reflux, irritable bowel syndrome and others;
- Kidneys and urinary system diseases: inability to control urination (weak bladder, pelvic floor muscles), kidneys dysfunction;
- Reproductive system diseases: pregnancy problems, polycystic ovarian syndrome, erectile dysfunction;
- Osteoarthritis which results from inflammation in pain in your joints;
- Lymphatic system dysfunction and Cellulitis which is an infection involving skin tissues, resulting from poor lymph flow;
- Sleep disorder: sleepiness, snoring, sleep apnea, daytime sleepiness or fatigue;
- Profuse sweating and feeling hot;
- Depression, which is more than just feeling sad is a serious mental health condition when a person suffers from constantly miserable feelings even suicidal that can be worse for those who have problems with weight.
Some of the above-mentioned diseases are extremely dangerous. The US Health and Human Services reported that obesity results in 300,000 additional deaths a year. The cost of treating obesity-related health conditions exceeded $147 billion in 2008.
It is obvious obesity negatively affects the lifestyle of a person decreasing living standards, declining well-being and increasing personal expenses for medication, transportation, for example, passengers of airline companies who cannot fit comfortably in a seat with the armrests down must purchase a second seat. Some overweight people lose their jobs due to having problems with health and as a consequence of the inability to perform assigned duties. The problem gets even worse when job losses increase stress, depression, and anxiety.
How to solve this problem?
“Prevention is better than cure”. Once some signs and discomfort related to shape conditions are noticed it is a reason to have a health screening. Obesity victims whose excessive weight caused by genetics or health-related medical conditions should be treated following their clinical history. For many people, obesity is a mostly lifestyle based disease, regardless of a person’s age. Therefore prevention or treatment should focus on multiple factors including not only diet, fitness, and exercises but also on emotional and psychological issues and motivational support.
A program incorporating hypnosis for weight reduction is one used to a good advantage. Once the deep-rooted reasons of overeating that can be a compensation for a lack of love, offsetting of fear, overcoming frustration, dealing with boredom are revealed and understood by the person, behavioral patterns for elimination destructive habits and positive state of mind for the relief of stress or anxiety can be established during hypnosis sessions. Slow reduction in weight is a safe procedure. The person’s self-esteem and confidence will be evaluated and supported to achieve a positive perspective and ability to transform a visualized image of the desired body structure with appropriate weight into gradual physical modifications. Hypnosis can help you lose weight during the holidays.