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Obesity: Is It a Moral Failure or a Medical Epidemic?


In many developing nations around the world, the number of obese citizens has risen at an alarming rate. In the United States alone, the facts about obesity are startling.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, approximately one-third of all adults over the age of 20 years old are obese. Since 1960, the average weight of American women and men has increased by as much as 19 percent.

These numbers clearly indicate that there is a growing problem with weight management for many people. However, it is not exactly clear about the exact causes of the expanding waistlines throughout the world.

Obesity: A Moral Failure?

If you listen to messages of the weight loss experts and the marketing gurus, they will lead you to believe that being overweight is a moral failure. After all, how hard is it to control your food intake and exercise each day? These so-called experts suggest that people who cannot drop the weight are somehow lazy or inferior to thin people.

Each day, you are bombarded with confusing messages that show you how easy it is for you to drop the weight if you just take responsibility for your actions. Many of these ads subliminally suggest that being overweight is some sort of moral failure on your part.

In fact, many of the messages that are promoted by the major players in the billion-dollar diet industry make overweight people feel bad. Take a look at the some of the common themes of most books and articles about weight control in our society.

  • If you muster up enough ‘will power’, you can lose the weight and keep it off.
  • Losing weight is easy if you just control your portions.
  • By following these tips from the ‘diet du jour’, you can lose the excess weight for good. After all millions of people have done it, why can’t you?

To suggest that the root cause of obesity is due to moral failure oversimplifies the growing problem. Obesity is a complex condition that makes it difficult for people to achieve sustainable weight loss without medical intervention.

Although we believe people should take responsibility for their health and actions, obese patients develop internal barriers that prevent successful weight loss. When obese people lose weight, they experience hormonal changes and slower metabolisms. These changes contribute to increased appetites that cause them to regain the weight.

Being obese is much more than self-sabotage and lack of will power. There are certain biological factors that keep people fat. These factors should be explored and carefully considered in order to get obesity under control.

Obesity: A Medical Epidemic?

If you are obese, you will be relieved to find out that your body has developed processes that might be keeping you overweight. This information will help you release any thoughts that you are a failure or a mental weakling who can seem to get it together.

Researchers at the University of Melbourne conducted a study on patients who had an average weight of 209 pounds. During this study, the participants followed an eating plan that decreased their caloric intake to only 550 calories a day.

At the end of the 10-week study, the average participant lost 29 pounds. However, the diet decreased their production of the leptin hormone and increased their appetites.

After the study, the patients adhered to an eating program that was designed to maintain their current weight. When the patients were weighed a year after the end of the study, many of them had regained at least half of the weight.

This study is just one of many that suggest that there are underlying factors that contribute to obesity and weight gain. Obesity has developed into a medical epidemic that should not be dismissed as a moral failure.

Treating the Obesity Epidemic with Bariatric Surgery

One of the most effective long-term solutions for obesity is wls such as the gastric sleeve, incisionless weight loss procedure gastric balloon and revisional surgery from lap-band. These surgeries can help you lose weight and treat the underlying causes of your obesity such as managing the hormones that control your appetite.

Bariatric surgery can change the levels of the hormones in your gut that help you lose weight. Whether you opt for minimally invasive surgery or an extreme makeover, you can benefit from bariatric surgery.

When your leptin hormones are operating efficiently, your brain will send a signal to your stomach that it is full. Bariatric surgery will provide you with the tools to help you feel satiated without overeating.

If you are obese, you have probably tried most of the diets on the market. You may be hesitant to try to lose weight again because of the other diets that did not work.

You may have taken your weight gain as a sign that you will never be successful at losing weight. Bariatric surgery may be the best option for you if you have tried everything else.

In addition to appetite control, bariatric surgery can reverse the onset of Type 2 diabetes. If this condition is not treated, you can experience complications that can result in leg amputations, blindness and strokes.

Bariatric Surgery in Mexico

Bariatric surgery in Mexico is an affordable and safe option to treat your obesity. You can have bariatric surgery for less than half the costs of similar surgery in the United States.

If the procedure is not covered by your medical insurance, you can self-pay for the surgery. Thousands of patients each year travel to Mexico to get bariatric surgery by highly-trained bariatric surgeons.

If you are facing challenges associated with obesity, it does not mean that you are out of control and weak. It simply means that there are underlying conditions that need to be treated in order for you to lose weight and keep it off. Bariatric surgery can safely address those issues.

Jessica Lovett, WLG Editorial Team

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