April 22, 2022
The Impact of Obesity on Women’s Health
Women between 40 and 65 are more likely to be affected by obesity. In this blog post, we explore the impact of obesity on women’s health – focusing on the importance of maintaining a healthy self-esteem.
What is Obesity and Why is This Term Outdated?
Obesity is a medical condition in which the amount of body fat on an individual has begun to have an adverse effect on their health.
BMI is a calculation based on height and weight that’s used to determine whether someone is obese. While the BMI has been criticized by many experts for its lack of accuracy, it remains in use by health service providers. One of the main criticisms of BMI is that it does not take into account factors such as muscle mass, bone density, and body fat percentage. It was also created based on entirely white able-bodied male subjects.
The Health Risks Associated with Obesity in Women
With that in mind, having too much body fat for your individual person is still very much a health risk. Women who are obese are more likely to develop type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease. In addition, obesity can lead to joint problems, sleep apnoea, and even certain types of cancer.
How to Prevent Obesity and its Negative Effects
The good news is that there are many ways to reduce the risks associated with obesity. For example, service providers such as doctors and dietitians can offer guidance and support. In addition, making healthy lifestyle choices such as eating a nutritious diet can go a long way.
Rather than considering a one-size-fits-all approach, really assess your current lifestyle and individual needs. Not all women can engage in the same regular exercise. Therefore, research what may work for you. For example, women with joint conditions or limited mobility may find swimming or water-based activities easier. Or women who cannot access gyms or fitness classes can find free tutorials on YouTube.
The Importance of Maintaining a Healthy Relationship With Yourself – First
When it comes to keeping yourself healthy, it’s vital to work on your self-esteem at the same time. If you are preoccupied with thoughts of flaws and imperfections, it’s okay to take a break and speak to someone about what you’re feeling. No matter what size you are, you’re still perfect. You should only ever focus on becoming healthier.
Combating Obesity Bias in Healthcare as a Woman
Larger sizes are often stigmatized in our society. This stigma can lead to bias and discrimination, especially in the healthcare setting. As a result, obese patients may feel less comfortable seeking care, and they may also be less likely to receive the quality of care they deserve.
To combat this, find a health care provider providing service without judgement. Communicate your health needs and goals clearly with them. Advocate for yourself if you feel you are not receiving the level of care you deserve. If you are uncomfortable being weighed, for whatever reason, let your healthcare provider know this in advance. Unless entirely necessary, you always have the right to refuse.