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Obesity: Common, But Not Normal

Obesity has become a widespread health issue in many parts of the world, affecting millions of individuals across different age groups. The prevalence of obesity has risen significantly in recent decades, leading some people to mistakenly believe that it is a normal or acceptable condition. However, it is important to recognize that just because obesity is common does not mean it is normal. In this blog post, we will explore the reasons why obesity should not be normalized and why it requires urgent attention as a public health concern.

1) Health Implications: Obesity is not simply a matter of appearance or aesthetics; it poses serious health risks. Numerous studies have linked obesity to a wide range of health problems, including heart disease, type 2 diabetes, certain types of cancer, stroke, and musculoskeletal disorders. These conditions can significantly reduce an individual’s quality of life and even lead to premature death. Normalizing obesity dismisses the real and harmful consequences it can have on a person’s well-being.

2) Societal Impact: Normalizing obesity perpetuates the notion that it is an acceptable state, leading to a distorted perception of what constitutes a healthy body weight. This can have a detrimental impact on society as a whole. For instance, it may contribute to the normalization of unhealthy eating habits and sedentary lifestyles, leading to an increase in obesity rates and associated health problems. By recognizing obesity as a serious concern, we can work towards creating an environment that promotes healthy choices and behaviors.

3) Psychological Well-being: Obesity often takes a toll on an individual’s mental and emotional well-being. It can lead to feelings of low self-esteem, body dissatisfaction, and depression, especially due to societal stigmatization and discrimination. Normalizing obesity undermines the importance of mental health and disregards the struggles individuals may face as a result of their weight. By acknowledging the negative impact of obesity on psychological well-being, we can foster a more compassionate and inclusive society.

4) Preventive Measures and Support: Normalizing obesity can hinder efforts to prevent and treat the condition. By recognizing that obesity is not a normal state, we can prioritize preventive measures such as education about healthy eating habits, regular physical activity, and the importance of weight management. Additionally, it highlights the need for healthcare professionals, policymakers, and communities to provide support systems that promote healthier lifestyles and provide resources for individuals struggling with obesity.

Conclusion: While obesity has become a common occurrence in our society, it is crucial to understand that it is not a normal or acceptable condition. By acknowledging the serious health implications, societal impact, and psychological well-being of individuals affected by obesity, we can work towards creating a healthier and more supportive environment. Promoting awareness, preventive measures, and compassionate support systems can help combat obesity and improve the overall well-being of individuals and communities. Remember, just because something is common doesn’t make it normal. It’s time to address obesity as the pressing public health issue that it is.

Dr. Chris Hoelscher

Chris is our science guy.  Chris founded Eastland Chiropractic & Lifestyle Center in 1984 and retired from active practice in 2017.  During his time in practice, he opened several clinics in the midwest and one in Saipan, a US commonwealth in Micronesia. He has always maintained an active interest in biology, chemistry and physics and how they affect our bodies. He knew there had to be a reason why some people could eat almost anything and still not gain weight, while others only had to look at food and their waistline would start to expand. He became interested in how and if genetics play a role in weight management and how foods can affect us all differently.  

He also believes that you have to be able to measure anything you want to manage and that starts with knowing where you’re at.  THe INbody scale we utilize in The Nourish Lifestyle program is what gives us the measurable data needed to chart progress. It’s not just the number on the bathroom scale but what the pounds are made of that’s important. With the Inbody scale we can assess the changes in body composition to make sure we are making progress. 

He is also fondly known as our on-call tech guy, fixing our computers, printers and most anything else that needs a fix at our office.