Be Honest: Am I Obese?

By: Mark Sierra

There is a point in our lives when we evaluate our weight. Actually, given the on-again/off-again behavior we have with diets, there may be many points in our lives when we take a look at the number on the weight scale. Frequently, the question we end up asking ourselves is, "Am I overweight?" But there is a segment of people within this audience that would ask a different question. That question is, "Am I obese?"

All people are at risk when they are overweight. Health experts tell us that we are in danger of heart disease, high cholesterol, fatigue, and other complications when we are overweight. But for people who are obese, they are significantly more at risk and should consult with their physician to review the state of their health and come up with a plan to lose weight safely and consistently.

It's when we ask ourselves "am I obese" and then answer "yes" that we come to a point that we accept we are in very poor health. Denying that we have a problem is what got us there in the first place. But once we finally accept reality, we place ourselves on the right path to not only leading healthier lives, but actually adding years back to our lives by making healthier choices.

To truly know whether we are simply overweight or obese, we must consult our physician. He or she will be able to perform the appropriate tests we need to make a solid determination. But for purposes of this article, obesity is defined as having too much body fat that can eventually cause problems like high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, sleep apnea and others. Even though we may not feel unhealthy now despite the weight we carry, we are still at risk as these conditions are silent killers within our bodies.

One of tests that our physician is likely to perform on us is to calculate our BMI, or Body Mass Index. This is our height and weight combined. On average, if we have a BMI that exceeds 30, then we are considered to be at risk due to our current health condition and should immediately seek medical help. No matter what solution we choose, the problem will not go away over night, nor in a week or month. It took time to get our bodies to the condition they are in right now and it will take some time to reverse the process and get us back to proper health.

If you answered yes when you asked yourself "am I obese", then you might feel apprehension and unsure of what to do. The physical signs may be obvious: our clothes don't fit us and are getting harder to find in our size at the store, our stomach folds over the waistline, we are short of breath by just walking. But we can be stubborn at times and think to ourselves that we are not "that" fat. Or we may push the problem off until tomorrow, promising to start fresh. Well, tomorrow comes and goes, and we find ourselves at the same weight and getting larger as each day goes by.

Take solace in the fact that we are not alone and we are justifiably scared. But there is help and lots of it. As stated before, our best resource is going to be our physician.

Someone who is facing obesity can their chances of success by making a commitment to a loved one, a friend, and most importantly to themselves. They can make a promise that they are going to lose weight no matter what. Let's say it's a friend. The friend should encourage you and also hold you accountable for your progress as you continue on your journey to meet your thinner self.

Research has shown that it can take up to 45 days to change a habit, maybe more. It can be difficult to "re-wire" the way we do things and fighting obesity is probably the hardest of them all because it involves our fondness of food. Maybe it is a favorite snack we like to indulge in or the pleasure we have in consuming food until we feel full. Either way, in order to succeed with anything, especially with obesity, we need to set accessible short term goals. For instance, attempting to lose 10 pounds by next week is a short sighted goal goal and is an unsafe way to consistently lose fat. But trying to lose a few pounds this week, and the next, and so on, all while following your doctor's orders for the plan he has given you is a little more reasonable. Your sense of accomplishment will help motivate you further plus you will feel good about yourself, both mentally and physically.

So "am I obese?" is what you should be asking yourself. Answering this question truthfully can be the first step you take to restore your body to health whether you are overweight or obese. Be forgiving of yourself. Know that you can go back to when you were thinner. You will not be alone in this journey, but you must realize that you are in charge if you are to reach a successful body weight. No amount of help and planning is going to do it for you.

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Once someone has been diagnosed with obesity, they realize the long and difficult road ahead of them. Fortunately, there are many solutions available and resources to understand the effects of obesity. Be sure to check out Defeating Obesity for additional Free information.

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