10 hard-hitting facts about obesity that body positivity experts ignore

By Indranil Biswas from Sportskeeda [1].

Obesity is one of the major health concerns that’s associated with several diseases and even death. Body positivity activists often call for support for people who are overweight and obese, but they often tend to ignore alarming risk factors associated with excess fat deposition in the body.

Ignoring the potential risks associated with obesity in the name of body positivity can do more harm than good. According to the WHO, there has been a global increased intake of foods high in unhealthy fats and sugars. The average body mass index has increased in most countries, both among adults and teenagers.

Facts about obesity you shouldn’t ignore

These are some hard-hitting facts that body positivity experts often ignore. Here are ten of them:

1. Obesity in children

It has been estimated that early 20% of children in the United States have obesity, which is more than 14.7 million children and teenagers.

The deteriorating health of young children and adolescents is more concerning, as it can lead to an increased occurrence of metabolic disorders, type 2 diabetes mellitus and other preventable diseases.

2. Medical cost

Medical costs for obese people are $1,800-2,500 higher yearly than individuals who fall within the healthy BMI range. That can exceed the insurance coverage of many people and put extra financial burden on the person.

3. Risk of chronic diseases

Research studies have indicated a strong relationship between obesity and chronic diseases, including non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.

Ignoring these disorders can lead to conditions like liver cirrhosis and liver failure. It’s also associated with diabetes.

4. Preventable deaths

Deaths occurring due to preventable disorders are not justified and can be easily avoided by adopting a healthier lifestyle. The statistical data is quite alarming, and body positivity experts must not ignore this fact.

5. Social impact

According to the CDC, about 49.9% of non-Hispanic Black adults are obese while Hispanic people are at 45.6%, non-Hispanic white people are at 41.4%, and non-Hispanic Asian individuals are at 16.1%.

This is a matter of concern, as many communities aren’t privileged enough to get affordable healthcare and can’t afford costly treatments.

6. Impact on mental health

Obesity is deeply associated with mental health issues. Excess body fat can influence hormonal levels in the body, including serotonin and dopamine. That could lead to anxiety, depression and other mental health issues.

7. Bone weakness

Obesity can also lead to a decline in bone density, causing issues like arthritis, osteoporosis and other bone disorders.

8. Respiratory issues

People who’re obese often find it difficult to breathe, especially after long durations of physical activity. Excess body fat puts stress on the entire body and makes it difficult for the lungs to function properly.

9. Hormonal imbalances

Body fat percentage directly influences the levels of certain hormones in the body. Excess body fat can cause hormone fluctuations that directly affect the metabolic processes in the body.

10. Risk of eating disorders

People who are obese tend to suffer from eating disorders and vice versa. It’s a psychological condition associated with other mental health issues and metabolic disorders.

[1] Biswas, I. (2023, 21 july). 10 hard-hitting facts about obesity that body positivity experts ignore. Sportskeeda.


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