16 June, 2024

People Living With Obesity Struggle With Feelings Of Shame

Reveal Weight Loss in Livingston, NJ, offers non-surgical solutions and extensive support to those struggling with obesity. We offer personalized treatment plans tailored to each individual’s specific needs and ensure that our patients have access to the tools and strategies they need to reach their weight loss goals.

Despite advancements in the medical field and a better understanding and recognition of obesity as a disease, many people still view it as a result of personal failure. This constant stigma creates an unfair and damaging cycle of shame and isolation for obese individuals. Today, we’re going to talk about obesity and mental health, as well as where you can find help if you’re suffering from this debilitating disease.

Obesity And Society

Our society continues to misunderstand and stigmatize obesity, and many still believe that people who are obese are lazy or lack self-control and willpower. The truth is that obesity is a complicated disease that is influenced by a person’s genetics, individual biology, and their environment.

Negative stereotypes towards obesity are still common in the media and during daily interactions with people; even some involved with healthcare. A plethora of insensitive jokes and obesity memes can be found all over social media these days, making it almost impossible for obese individuals to avoid feeling shame and isolation. These constant jabs continue to affect their mental and emotional state and it does nothing to enlighten the vast majority of misinformed individuals that obesity is a disease and a major worldwide health problem.

One of the biggest and unfair issues is that this mindset and these types of jokes have serious consequences for real people’s lives. One of the most harmful results of the discrimination and judgment these individuals face is that it discourages them from seeking the medical help they need.

Obesity causes and effects

How Does Obesity Affect Mental Health?

Individuals who are obese frequently experience deep feelings of shame and embarrassment. This emotional burden can be overwhelming, affecting their mental health and quality of life.

The shame is not only about their body size but also about the health issues that often accompany obesity, such as skin problems like rashes, infections, and darkened areas, which further contribute to their distress. Obesity can also cause shortness of breath, which can be embarrassing to an individual in social settings when trying to participate in activities or even engage in conversations. Everyday tasks are more challenging and uncomfortable, which can lead to an increase in self-consciousness and anxiety.

Society As A Whole Needs To Rethink Obesity

Changing the way we think as a society is the key to creating a supportive environment for people with obesity where they are treated with the dignity and respect they deserve.

We must recognize that obesity is a disease, not a choice. People with obesity are dealing with a serious health condition, much like someone with diabetes or heart disease. It’s not about lacking self-control; it’s about dealing with a complex medical issue that requires understanding and support.

The stigma surrounding obesity is unjust; consider how we react to other health conditions. For example, we wouldn’t make fun of someone who has lost their hair due to cancer treatment. We understand that their appearance is a result of their illness, not something within their control. Why is obesity treated without the same level of empathy? Making fun of someone for their weight or related skin problems is just as hurtful and unjust as mocking someone for symptoms of any other disease.

Empathy and compassion should guide our interactions with everyone, regardless of their body size. Instead of contributing to the problem with hurtful comments or memes, we should support obese individuals by advocating for a better understanding of the disease and the treatments available. If everyone could be educated on the underlying causes and be taught to rethink obesity, looking at it as the disease it is, the associated stigma and shame would be removed to make it easier for individuals to seek help and improve their health and quality of life.

Are There Doctors Who Specialize In Effective Treatments For Obesity Without Surgery?

Yes, at Reveal Weight Loss, Dr. Sarkar and Dr. Shahid and their professional support team offer non-surgical weight loss procedures, nutritional guidance, behavior modification strategies, and comprehensive support to help patients achieve and maintain a healthier weight. We offer a few options for non-surgical medical weight loss interventions, including:

The Intragastric Balloon

The Orbera and Spatz3 weight loss balloons are non-surgical, temporary devices designed to help people with obesity lose a significant amount of weight. These silicone balloons are placed inside the stomach through an endoscopic procedure and filled with saline solution, which makes less room for food and helps individuals feel full faster.

By taking up space in the stomach, these balloons help people eat smaller portions, lowering their calorie intake and creating the deficit needed to lose weight. The balloon stays in the stomach for between six and eight months, depending on the type of balloon used. During this time, individuals work with a team of professionals that may include various dietitians, coaches, and therapists who help them follow a low-calorie diet, exercise regularly, and develop healthier habits that promote weight loss and improved health.

Weight loss balloons are best used by those with a body mass index (BMI) between 30 and 40 who haven’t achieved significant weight loss through diet and exercise alone. If you are unsure of your BMI, you can use our handy online BMI calculator.

Most people who utilize weight loss balloons lose three times more weight than they could with just diet or exercise alone, with the average amount lost being anywhere from 20 to 50 pounds. The exact amount of weight loss depends on the individual’s commitment to lifestyle changes, such as eating a healthy diet, exercising more, and avoiding behaviors that contribute to weight gain.

Endoscopic Sleeve Gastroplasty (ESG)

Endoscopic Sleeve Gastroplasty (ESG) is a minimally invasive procedure that helps obese people lose a substantial amount of weight when they also make lifestyle changes that include eating a healthy diet and getting an adequate amount of exercise.

During ESG, a gastroenterologist inserts an endoscope through the individual’s mouth, down their throat, and into their stomach. Next, they use a special FDA-approved suturing device, to place stitches strategically inside the stomach to reshape it into a smaller, elongated, tube. Similar to gastric sleeve surgery, this reduces the size of the person’s stomach making them feel full after eating very small amounts of food.

Unlike traditional bariatric surgery like vertical sleeve gastrectomy (VSG), ESG does not involve cutting or removing parts of the stomach or altering any portion of the digestive tract. It just limits the amount of food the stomach can hold and does not affect the absorption of nutrients.

ESG is an outpatient procedure, so typically patients go home the same day to begin their short recovery of about a week. This is much shorter compared to the six- to eight-week recovery after surgery, and another benefit is that there are fewer potential risks and complications.

Our patients who have undergone the ESG procedure and have made permanent changes to their lifestyle, including healthier eating habits and regular physical activity, have seen amazing weight loss results and improvements to their health.

Take Charge Of Your Health Today

There is no cause for shame if you are dealing with obesity; you are among millions of others who also suffer physically and emotionally from this disease.

At Reveal Weight Loss, we understand how obesity and depression can become a negative downward spiral, and we can help stop that cycle. Our doctors and professional team members are well-versed in this complex disease and work closely with each patient to find the best solutions to improve their health and lower their body mass index without shame or judgment.

Set up your consultation with Reveal Weight Loss today and start living the healthier and more fulfilling life you deserve!

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