You cannot generalise obesity. Obesity has three leading causes, and some of them are uncontrollable. How does obesity come about? Let’s take a look at these three factors to obesity.
Biological factors could cause your obesity.
- Genetics is related to obesity, although the connection has not been directly established. There is a connection, but the extension or depth of the relationship is what is in question.
- Hormone functions sometimes cause one to be more drawn to food than they would normally be.
- Sometimes the thyroid or pituitary glands are malfunctioning, causing one to put on more weight.
These factors are things that the person cannot control. If their thyroid gland is damaged, it is damaged. They can’t only fix it.
- Having a negative body image can cause one to desire more food. Perhaps you are receiving negative messages from your peers. You feel like you are too fat or too skinny. You turn to food as a comfort.
- In the same way, a negative self-esteem can cause one to desire comfort that comes from eating a delicious meal. You want to numb the pain.
- A dysfunctional family can cause one to eat more in a desire to “escape” the problems.
- Abuse of any kind can make someone feel as though their world is unstable. They try to take control of even a small part of that world. When you feel helpless in an abuse situation, you can at least control what and when and how much you eat.
- Perhaps your job requires that you sit for extended periods of time. You eat a reasonable amount, but that lack of exercise means that you burn no calories. The food is eaten and but is not used by the body.
Eating Disorders that Result in Obesity
Two main eating disorders resulted in obesity: binge eating and disordered eating.
Binge eating is when one eats to compensate for a problem in their life. Binge eating can be caused by psychological factors or environmental factors.
What are the signs of binge eating? Here are some questions to ask. Evaluate the answers and see where you rank. If you answer yes to these questions, then you could be a binge eater.
- Do you feel out of control when you begin to eat?
- Do you think about food often?
- Do you feel upset at yourself after eating?
- Do you feel sick after eating?
- Do you feel as though you have no control of your eating?
What does binge eating look like? Binge eaters turn to food for comfort. It usually feels good as they start to eat. Binge eaters only stop when feeling sick. At that point, they feel disgusted with themselves for giving in. The binge eating does not solve Their problems. Instead, they are made bigger. Each time, they feel less and less able to control themselves.
Here is Greg’s story. When Greg was little, many kids teased him about being fat. Greg hated it and didn’t have a lot of friends. When he got older, he wasn’t happy with his marriage, and he began to search for ways to fill that hole. Greg started looking to food. He would try to eat healthfully for a few days. Then, he would feel like life was spinning out of control, and he would go to food for comfort. He would eat until he felt sick then lay on the couch, angry with himself. Greg suffers from binge eating.
Disordered eating is mostly based on failure to care for oneself. Disordered eating consists of skipping meals, eating in secret, eating when not hungry, and eating fatty foods. Because people have such busy lives, they find it easy to skip a meal or pick up take-out food. Take-out food is very greasy and can cause one to gain weight rapidly if eaten often.
Here is Diane’s story. Diane, a college student, keeps a very busy schedule. She is not only taking a full load of classes, but she is also working ten hours a week. Throwing a large amount of homework in the mix too, Diane barely has time to breathe, let alone cook. So, instead, she orders a lot of take-out food or heats things up in the microwave. Sometimes, there’s not the time to eat, so she just skips. But later, she feels super hungry so she makes microwave popcorn to fill her up. Diane suffers from disordered eating.
So What’s the Problem?
Binge eating or disordered eating can lead to obesity. Obesity can lead to diabetes. It is always easier to fix a problem at the beginning than to let it drag on and on without a solution.
What Is The Solution?
There are three different types of treatments.
- Medical care. Perhaps your problem is severe. You know you have an eating disorder, but you are not sure how to stop so you can avoid obesity. Talking to a doctor can give you a lot of insight into your particular problem and the options you have.
- Therapy. Perhaps your problem is not biological, but psychological. You think so lowly of yourself that you don’t know what the point is of even trying to fix anything. Talking to a therapist can help you see past that veil of untruth. You can see the better paths open to you.
- Nutrition. Maybe you just need to talk to a nutritionist. Speak to a nutritionist can give you insight into what a healthy eating plan looks like. You can make a particular diet plan that will work with your schedule and tastes.
I suggest you try one of the treatment plans above if you find yourself on the path to obesity.