The Stigma Surrounding Obesity

Obesity in the United States is a hot topic of conversation. As with other social problems surrounding us, we are quick to look for someone to blame. The popular culprits range from hormone pumped meat consumption, fast food chains, and genetically modified foods to name a few. What’s more, many blame those suffering from obesity for their condition. Not only is obesity a topic of conversation, it is also a platform for many politicians and a commercial market. Television shows such as “The Biggest Loser” and weight loss programs such as “Weight Watchers” have drawn awareness to those suffering from obesity.

Apart from being a growing trend in the entertainment and weight loss program industry, obesity is surrounded with the unfair stigma that its victims choose to live in said state. Obesity not only carries a negative connotation among society, it also exasperates medical conditions while creating additional medical problems. Because of this, it is surprising that there’re some who believe those living with obesity choose to put themselves at risk in this manner. Oftentimes there are factors beyond a person’s control that puts them at a greater risk of becoming overweight or obese.

There are many factors to consider when pondering the “why” behind obesity. While an over-intake of calories, a poor diet, lack of physical activity, and a sedentary lifestyle are common reasons for obesity, they aren’t the only reasons. There are genetic conditions, such as Prader-Willi syndrome, which can cause obesity. Additionally, in some cases underlying medical conditions may contribute to weight gain — examples of these include an underactive thyroid gland and Cushing’s syndrome. So, if you or someone you know is suffering from obesity, don’t be so quick to judge. Even with the factors that make losing weight more challenging, there are proactive strides one can take to rectify the situation.

If you suffer from obesity, consult your medical practitioner and consider weight loss surgery. Advanced Surgical and Weight Loss Institute offers multiple obesity surgeries catered to the patient’s need. If interested in our surgical weight loss program, please schedule a consultation with Dr. Diego Velarde. Our variety of services include bariatric and robotic surgery as well as gastric bypass. If you are in Melbourne, Merritt Island, or anywhere in Brevard County, FL, and are looking for ways to jump start your weight loss journey, contact us today.