OBESITY KILLS… Is Body Positivity a Lie? [Part One]

Updated: Jul 15

Are you easily offended by truth? Read this article and the presented facts...

Have we gone too far with letting our society promote obesity as healthy? Is this becoming a dangerous epidemic when we allow a disease that is linked to so many other diseases to be promoted as healthy? According to Christos S. Mantzoros, M.D., Sc.D., of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, Mass, “Obesity is the epidemic crisis of our time. The disease leads to serious comorbidities such as diabetes, fatty liver disease and cardiovascular disease and significantly shortens a person’s length and quality of life... Until recently we did not understand the genetic and hormonal causes of obesity and how obesity leads to these comorbidities. We have recently started to understand the causes of obesity in humans, which is a big discovery that has led to designing effective therapies.” [3]


Wait, I thought it was a good thing to be obese? According to pop stars like Lizo, body positivity means being healthy is cool!!!! Well I guess not, it seems that they were wrong.

In fact, so wrong that between the WHO and the Endocrine Society they accredit 2.8 – 4 million deaths per year as a result of obesity complications [2, 3].

But wait, I thought COVID was the real killer? Wrong again, a life of obesity is a hormonal disrupter and can result in:

  • High blood pressure

  • High cholesterol

  • Type 2 diabetes and its complications… coronary heart disease, stroke, gallbladder disease, osteoarthritis, sleep apnea

  • Respiratory problems

  • Cancer… endometrial, breast, prostate, and colon

  • Oh, and that one thing the "experts" are calling Covid...


Children with a high body mass index (BMI), an indicator of excess body weight, are more likely than those with a normal BMI to have insulin resistance7 (which can lead to diabetes), high blood pressure, and unhealthy levels of fats and other lipids. Furthermore, obese children often become obese adults; some studies have found that even 2- to 5-year-olds with a high BMI are likely to become obese adults. Not only do these children have to suffer the unhealthy side effects of obesity but they have to battle with the psychological side effects of being obese. Depression, lack-of-confidence and an inability to fit in to social activity.


Mental illness is another group that may suffer from extreme obesity that has been shown to be up to 83% of the population, according to some studies [6]. One might theorize that perhaps some of the mental illness is caused by them being obese in the first place. In fact, one of the major side effects of psychiatric medications is rapid weight gain. This effect both adults and children since our society is becoming more and more drugged by doctors; prescribing medication for every ailment and the evidence shows us this medication can increase one’s likelihood to become overweight.


How many young boys and girls are being diagnosed with ADHD and then being put on drugs to focus them up??? The rate, according to the CDC in 2016, was 3 out of 4 kids diagnosed with ADHD receive treatment. In this same year there were 6.1 million youth diagnosed with ADHD.

That means over 4.5 million youth are taking drugs to "curb" ADHD.

Boys are more likely to be diagnosed (12.9%) then girls are (5.6%) [8]. One might draw the conclusion that these medications are leading to more obese children.


It is not all doom and gloom, don’t worry, and in part two I will be laying out ways to combat this horrific disease…





SOURCE

[1] U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The Surgeon General's Vision for a Healthy and Fit Nation. Rockville, MD: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Surgeon General, January 2010.


[2] https://www.who.int/news-room/facts-in-pictures/detail/6-facts-on-obesity


[3] https://www.endocrine.org/news-and-advocacy/news-room/2021/over-4-million-deaths-per-year-worldwide-caused-by-obesity


[4] Freedman DS, Kettel L, Serdula MK, Dietz WH, Srinivasan SR, Berenson GS. The Relation of Childhood BMI to Adult Adiposity: The Bogalusa Heart Study. Pediactrics. 2005;115:22–27.


[5] Freedman DS, Kettel L, Serdula MK, Dietz WH, Srinivasan SR, Berenson GS. The Relation of Childhood BMI to Adult Adiposity: The Bogalusa Heart Study. Pediactrics. 2005;115:22–27.


[6] Hoffmann V, Ahl J, Meyers A, Schuh L, Shults K, Collins D, Jensen L. Wellness Intervention for Patients with Serious and Persistent Mental Illness. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry. 2005;66(12):1576–1579.


[7] Simon G, Von Korff M, Saunders K, Miglioretti D, Crane P, Van Belle G, Kessler R. Association Between Obesity and Psychiatric Disorders in the U.S Adult Population. Archives of General Psychiatry. 2006;63(7):824–830.


[8] https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/adhd/data.html



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