Obesity – Treatment
Obesity – Treatment
How can you treat obesity?
The vast majority of people can tackle their obesity by taking simple proactive steps in the form of modifying their diets and food intake as well as starting to incorporate regular exercise into their lifestyle.
Here are four steps that a person can take to reduce their body weight to a healthy level.
1) With support from your GP or appointed dietician adopt a well balanced calorie controlled diet
2) Sign up to a local weight loss group
3) Start exercising regularly, which should be an ideal minimum of 2.5 hours a week. This can take the form of fast walking, this is sometimes called power walkin, jogging, going for a swim or other activities such as playing squash or tennis
4) Eating slowly. This has been shown to be an effective way to reduce the amount of food a person eats because it allows the brain to register food intake better.
Often weight gain can occur over a relatively long period of time therefore it may be difficult to make the necessary changes to allow for effective weight loss, your GP may be able to point you in the direction of receiving appropriate psychological support from NHS staff that are trained in supporting people to lose weight.
If despite best efforts the person is unable to lose weight through the modification of their lifestyle then a conversation with a GP may be useful, as there are medicines that can be used I n some cases to help weight loss. For example, there is a licenced drug that reduces the amount of fat in the food that can be absorbed by the body
There are also some people that may want additional support to lose weight such as those who are very obese, surgical interventions may be considered by having discussions with a GP.
Other issues relating to obesity can cause day to day challenges as well as increasing risk to serious health conditions
Day to day challenges associated with obesity include
1) Becoming breathless easily
2) Sweating more often
3) Often feeling tired
4) Struggling to live a physically active life
5) Experiencing back and joint pain
6) Snoring that can affect well-being and relationships
7) Having a reduced self-esteem and low self confidence
8) Feeling lonely and isolated
If you are overweight or obese and you feel depressed it is important that you please seek help from your doctor.