Being overweight or obese is the catalyst for a myriad of health issues, chronic illnesses like high blood pressure, diabetes and even heart disease. However quickly losing weight isn’t always the solution to your health problems and could instead contribute to more long term problems
Here are 3 things you need to know before you lose weight for your health.
Losing weight cannot cure mental health
While many doctors suggest weight loss when overweight patients show signs of anxiety or depression, it is not always the answer. According to a study conducted by Dr Jun Ma, a professor of internal medicine and geriatrics at the University of Illinois at Chicago, losing weight without treating or even addressing depression could make weight loss harder and exacerbate depression while increasing anxiety about food and weight loss.
Although this is true, it is important not to ignore the relationship between depression and obesity. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), found that 43% of adults with depression have obesity, compared to 33% of obese adults without depression.
The CDC also found that people who are obese were more likely to suffer from depression than people who are overweight.
You need to change your lifestyle to reverse pre-diabetes
According to Webmd.com Type 2 diabetes is a lifestyle disease and has been linked to dietary habits, a sedentary lifestyle and being overweight. While pre-diabetes can be reversed through lifestyle changes, including weight loss, it cannot be reversed by weight loss alone. Type 2 diabetes itself can be managed by lifestyle changes, weight loss and medication, however, there is still a debate on whether it is possible to reverse diabetes and continue to live a healthy life thereafter without medication.
Heart disease isn’t just about your weight
Heart disease is commonly caused by high cholesterol which is one of the health problems people who are overweight often face. However, high cholesterol is not exclusive to overweight people.
According to The American heart organisation, there is a common misconception that high cholesterol that contributes to heart disease is dependent on weight. High cholesterol can be hereditary and also related to lifestyle choices including bad eating habits and a sedentary lifestyle.
Losing weight without making changes to your lifestyle and your habits may not automatically lower your cholesterol.
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