Obesity is not your faultPosted: Feb 04 in Obesity Medicine by Dr. Lazarus
Blaming a person for their weight is about as helpful as blaming them for their height. While science has shown that obesity is a disease largely driven by biology, many people living with obesity continue to be blamed for their weight by others, or worse, blame themselves for their weight.
Studies have shown that obesity is a disease because when a person with obesity tries to lose weight, the body fights back, both by slowing metabolism and by increasing hunger. That’s why so many people who have worked hard to lose weight find it so hard to keep the weight off.
Many people who lose and regain feel like a failure. You are not a failure. It is the treatment that failed you. Why did the treatment fail? Perhaps you chose an unsustainable food plan, or a physical activity regimen that was not realistic. Perhaps underlying drivers of weight gain were not addressed – medications that increase weight, sarcopenia (low lean weight), improperly managed hypothyroidism, or pre-diabetes / insulin resistance. Or, perhaps you were not offered anti-obesity medicine that can offset these metabolic adaptations, or you weren’t offered the best anti-obesity medication.
Obesity is not your fault. It is a complex neuro-behavioral disease, and losing weight and keeping it off can be a real challenge. Much like medications can be an effective tool to treat high cholesterol or high blood pressure, medications can also be an effective tool to treat an elevated body mass index (BMI).
Remember, losing weight only to regain it is not a failure. It is the natural history of any chronic disease including obesity. If you want to discuss strategies that can help you with chronic weight management instead of just focusing on acute weight loss, give us a call at (303) 750-9454 and we can find strategies that will work for you.
After all, what do you have to lose?