It can be a difficult struggle both physically and emotionally to struggle with excess weight. For many, it is a struggle which they face on a daily basis as their weight limits mobility, quality of health, as well as comfort in social situations. There are many factors that contribute to excess weight such as poor diet, lack of exercise, and genetic or medical issues.
Many who come to Mexico Bariatric Center to undergo surgical procedures such as gastric sleeve and gastric bypass do so because they know these struggles and are seeking long-term help.
Here are 10 daily struggles those who are overweight, obese, or extremely obese may face.
1 – Being Judged and Treated Differently by Others
It’s sad but true, weight can directly affect the way those struggling with obesity are treated by others. Friends, family, strangers and medical professionals may hold a certain bias in regards to one’s weight and this can lead to a lack of respect or understanding. This is sadly not only something that happens to adults but to children as well, this can cause long-term emotional damage. A feeling of being inadequate and depression are common amongst those who are treated poorly due to their weight. (Read how depression affects your body here)
2 – Avoiding Eating in Public
This struggle ties to being judged and treated differently by others. When eating in public, one may feel as though they are being judged by those around them about the portions they eat. Due to judgment from others, dining out can become an internal struggle rather than an enjoyable experience as some may worry about whether they should leave some food uneaten to not feel guilty.
3 – Cardiovascular Disease
Those who are obese are at higher risk of developing heart disease, stroke caused by blood clots, hypertension, and heart attacks.
4 – Diabetes
As a person’s weight increases, the risk of type 2 diabetes increases as well. This can lead to kidney problems, heart attack, stroke, or even blindness. Weight loss can prevent the development of type 2 diabetes, and for some, cure the disease.
5 – Complications During Pregnancy
With excess weight, comes a higher risk of complications experienced during pregnancy in women. This can lead to a cesarean section being necessary for a successful delivery.
6 – Trouble with Sleep
Issues with sleep such as sleep apnea, snoring, and insomnia which can lead to serious problems including death. Lack of sleep leads to trouble functioning throughout the day.
7 – Difficulty with Breathing
Difficulty breathing also ties into the above issue of trouble sleeping. Excess fat can restrict the expansion of the rib cage, many obese people have difficulty breathing. This restriction can lead to difficulty in performing vigorous exercise and even daily tasks such as walking up and down stairs. This can also negatively affect the ability to focus throughout the day.
8 – Back Pain
Many who are overweight will experience chronic back pain. Losing weight and tightening the stomach muscles can both serve as great ways to reduce back pain.
9 – Replacement of Hip and Knee
Excess weight over time can cause excessive wear and tear on the joints such as knees and hips. Many who struggle with obesity will have knees that bow inward due to the lack of support in the joints. This is a serious problem that can lead to decreased mobility and injury.
10 – Increased Risk of Premature Death
With excess weight comes a greater risk of health issues which can lead to premature death. Heart attack, cancer, stroke, and various other obesity-related ailments put those struggling with obesity in a dangerous spot in terms of life expectancy.
How Bariatric Surgery Can Help
Bariatric surgery serves as an option for those who are not able to lose weight traditionally and are seeking long-term results. Procedures such as gastric sleeve serve as a tool in losing weight and keeping the weight off on a long-term basis. When undergoing bariatric surgery, it is important that you do your research and take the necessary steps to ensure that the procedure and recovery process go smoothly. Some benefits to undergoing bariatric surgery aside from the weight loss can include overcoming many health issues including:
- Sleep apnea
- High blood pressure
- Type 2 diabetes
If you are considering bariatric surgery and would like to speak with a specialist, we invite you to give us a call.
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