Ending obesity one healthcare provider at a time
Each person is responsible for their decisions and weight loss goals. The only person who can actually prevent obesity is you. You can choose what you eat, how often you exercise and what medications you take. However, there are many external factors that can also influence obesity prevention, and dedicated medical professionals are one of them.
The psychology of obesity
Although being obese or overweight depends on what you eat and how much you exercise, a large part of the equation is also mental. Extra weight is frequently accompanied by depression, anxiety and body image issues that can lead to other mental health problems. In addition, there may be other issues that affect your weight.
Some of the mental health symptoms appear after the weight has already been gained. However, some show up before and depend on your way of thinking. Some people gain weight due to genetics, but some gain weight because their mentality allows it. They may not be educated about diet and exercise, or they just do not care about being healthy. They have convinced themselves that weight does not matter, so they eat whatever they want.
Another scenario that is common is eating for comfort. Those with stressful jobs, lack of sleep, depression, anxiety and other problems will often turn to ice cream, pizza and soda to relieve the pressure. This quickly turns into an unhealthy lifestyle that is difficult to reverse.
What healthcare providers can do
It is important to recognize the facts because medical professionals can do something to change the mental stigma of obesity. Through education and care, they can reduce the obesity epidemic that plagues the world. The following suggestions are easy to implement and can produce results.
Practice what you preach
It is hard for patients struggling with their weight to take a doctor seriously if the doctor weighs 400 pounds and eat donuts during appointments. You cannot lecture about the risks of obesity if you are careless about your own diet. Medical professionals have a responsibility to set an example for their patients, and this starts with practicing what they lecture about during their appointments.
Educate others about the risks of fad diets
You want to make sure your patients know the difference between being healthy and losing weight. You want to talk to them about the dangers of various fad diets and explain that simply losing weight does not mean that it is healthy method. You have to clarify the keys to sustainable weight loss and offer suggestions for what they should eat and what they should avoid.
By being a speaker at a seminar for the community, you can discuss the dangers of fatty and sugary foods. You can give advice about increasing activity levels and following better diets. Raising awareness about the health effects of obesity is half the battle.
Write or take videos of the information
Many people spend at least thirty minutes a day browsing for information online. They primarily surf social media, read blog posts and watch videos. You can get your message to this crowd by writing a news article or blog post and making videos of the information. You can market it through social media, so more people can see your message.
Tell people what to do
This suggestion is for those who are not afraid to be bold, but it may be the only way to get the point across for some people. You want to stop making light suggestions about what your patients should eat and how they should exercise. Instead, tell them what they should be doing and hold them accountable. It might be uncomfortable at first, but it may save their lives.
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