How do we all view our bodies? More importantly, how do we view ourselves? Also, how do we perceive constructive criticism, even if it’s not all that pleasant to the ears?
Can “shaming” obese people possibly be the best way to encourage them to lose weight? Some physicians (not all) think so. “It’s the last area of medicine where we prescribe tough love,” states researcher Sean Phelan from the Mayo Clinic, according to an article by Michael Hobbes, which was published on TheHuffPost.
In fact, losing weight is not the main solution to obesity. What first needs to be looked at is the overweight patient’s attitude, their emotional state, and overall mental health. Steps to improve physical health, diet, and obesity should naturally follow.
There are more than 72 million Americans that are considered obese; that’s around one third of the population! The cost to health can be huge, with many complaints related to being too fat, such as heart disease, type-2 diabetes, arthritis, stroke, some cancers, not to mention bad knees—the list goes on.
Many factors are involved in people becoming overweight, not just overeating, but wrong food choices, fast foods, high-calorie foods, impulse eating, stress, emotional eating, skipping meals, and even boredom can play a part. It seems no socioeconomic group of people is spared—all races, gender, the well-educated as well. It comes down to individual choices.
How many fat people have gone on a diet only to find they pile the weight back on with extra pounds into the bargain?
Some patients have said their doctors have “fat-shamed” them, according to Hobbes’s aforementioned post.
Whether or not this label of “fat shaming” is accurate to describe the kind of dialog that takes place between a doctor and a patient, overweight people may indeed be sensitive about their weight, and a conversation that lacks sensitivity may end up setting most people up to fail again, with self-esteem plummeting, and even mental problems resulting.
Becoming positive about who you are is the first step to take; learn to love and accept you. What’s most important is the heart, so look within and find that innate goodness within you. That’s what you should be proud of—that beautiful human being within—and that’s what you should focus on developing evermore so.
How you tackle obesity with an optimistic frame of mind is the next step. Perhaps a physician gives you some pretty straight advice, but that’s for your benefit. They’re not in the job to harm, but to help—remember that. So face all feedback and criticism with a positive mindset.
The journey is bound to become easier if you muster up some courage and overcome your own insecurities. After all, you need a healthy attitude to be able to have a healthy body. Perhaps you need some assistance to do that, and that’s perfectly normal. There’s plenty of support out there for those who seek it.
Losing all those pounds is not a piece of cake, nor is it a walk in the park, so those who are determined to embark on their own weight loss journey should be encouraged and applauded. Having the support from the people around you, including a friendly physician, can help tremendously.
So, for those who wish to lose weight, what better time to start than now? Start by telling yourself you’re going to make a conscious effort and choose to be POSITIVE about it all, and that you shall NOW commence solid steps in bettering YOU. Remember, it’s a journey of not only getting healthier physically, but mentally too. You’re going to become mentally much stronger at the end of this journey.
Go you! You can do it!