Published on April 1, 2018
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Being overweight is not just an external (appearance) issue. Being overweight is an internal (health) issue.
Every overweight person I meet who doesn’t have any diagnosed medical issues and isn’t taking any prescribed medications thinks they’re “healthy.” They’re not.
Excess visceral fat is not the foundation of or the companion to good health. Can you be very overweight and not have high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes and any or all of a long list of other medical issues? Yes, but not for long. Medical problems just haven’t manifested themselves yet . . . but they will the longer a person carries excess visceral fat. Nothing good ever comes in the long run from being overweight or obese: things are brewing and stewing and marinating inside the body that will light the fuse of all kinds of medical issues.
But what about one’s brain health: the physical brain itself, as well as the mental, emotional, and psychological health? Isn’t that important?
First of all, if you are middle-aged and carrying around extra weight, be warned: Being overweight or obese can age your brain by 10 years. Additionally, there is an obesity-cholesterol-Alzheimer’s connection due to harmful tangles of protein inside the brain cells.
Secondly, isn’t the way we think and feel the foundation to everything we do and say? Don’t our thoughts create our experiences? So, when I meet a “I’m fat but my doctor tells me I’m healthy” person in the office, first I smile and then I probe further, and I always find that these same individuals admit to any or all of the following:
. . . and other activities like traveling, playing golf, basketball or baseball, working out, being as physically active with grandkids as they once were or would like to be . . . all have been adversely affected by their weight.
As people grow larger, their world becomes smaller. Click To Tweet
The fact is that as overweight and obese people grow larger, their world gets smaller. We are designed to connect, and I don’t mean from a sitting position at electronic devices connecting with people on social media! If we can’t physically engage and bond with other people, we bond with the source of our problem or addiction. Physically, then, it’s very difficult for overweight and obese individuals of any age to participate in many of the pastimes and activities that people enjoy that draws them together. Emotionally, they find themselves more alone, with perhaps like-minded friends who are as lonely and unhappy with their weight and appearance as they are. (Misery loves company.)
If you’re overweight or obese, and see yourself transitioning from active to inactive, from participant to spectator, shrink your waistline and expand your world. It does not have to be a small world, after all.