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How obesity affects your life

How obesity affects your life

Looking around, it can be clear to see that the number of overweight and obese people is increasing. Whether it is because of the modern busy lifestyle, or genetic reasons, or the ample amount of junk food available nowadays, it is true that we keep getting bigger.

But it is well worthy to realize that obesity does not just affect your outer appearance, but it has multiple effects on your social life, your body, and your psyche.

Physical effects of obesity

Let us start with the apparent effects, those that obesity causes in your physiology. Obesity poses morbid dangers on your physical health. Diseases and conditions that could ail you if you are obese include diabetes, high blood pressure, cholesterol, heart problems, as well as certain cancers. Everyone knows that these diseases go hand in hand with obesity. But there are others that not many know about, including joint pain because of the heaviness of the body, urinary stress incontinence (not being able to control your bladder), and acid reflux, among several others.

Psychological and social effects of obesity

We will discuss these two effects together because they are somehow related and fuel each other.
In addition to the above mentioned health risks, obesity can be devastating to a person’s ability to integrate into society. This is not true for all those who are obese, but the risk is present nonetheless.

Many overweight people have self-esteem issues because of their large size. They might shy away from going to certain social events so that they would not draw attention to themselves, such as going to the beach. This is because they are being discriminated against by people who are in better shape.

Being constantly discriminated against and finding no one to share the pain with can often lead to depression, which is another consequence of obesity. Depression itself has multiple consequences on a person’s life, not just socially, but also professionally, as they might stop having motivation to carry on.

But what these people must keep in mind is that obesity is not without a solution. You can get rid of it and give yourself the chance to lead a happier, healthier life.

Author Info

Dr Nagi Safa

Dr Nagi Safa is a Metabolic and Bariatric Surgeon (Weight-Loss Surgeon) at the Advanced BMI in Lebanon and at the Sacred Heart Hospital of Montreal, and holds an academic appointment at the University of Montreal. Furthermore, he is involved in the training of residents and surgical fellows on how to perform advanced laparoscopic obesity surgery. In 2010, he launched the Advanced Bariatric and Metabolic Institute (Advanced BMI) in Lebanon, and has been helping hundreds of patients from all over the Middle-East through his expertise in obesity surgery. Education: Dr Safa completed his residency training at the University of Montreal General Surgery Program. He then performed a fellowship in Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, and Minimal Invasive Surgery (Laparoscopic and Robotic Surgery), at the Sacred Heart Hospital of Montreal, which is the largest Weight Loss Surgery center in the Montreal area, and one of the busiest in Canada. Experience: During his training, and throughout his practice, Dr Safa performed more than one thousand laparoscopic procedures, including Roux en Y gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy, gastric banding, gastric plication and many other abdominal surgery procedures. He has a particular interest in LaparoscopicRevisional Surgery including banding, bypass and sleeve. With a keen interest in the advancement of obesity surgery and newer minimally invasive surgical techniques, Dr Safa gained experience in the single incision laparoscopic surgery (SILS), and offers Single Incision gastric banding and Sleeve Gastrectomy Surgery. Research: His current research interests include clinical outcomes from various bariatric surgery procedures and investigations on the impact of bariatric surgery on Type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome X. Memberships: Dr Safa holds professional memberships with the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, Canadian Association of Bariatric Physicians and Surgeons, Canadian Association of General Surgeons, Canadian Medical Association, Canadian Association for Surgical Oncology, Quebec Medical Association, Trauma Association of Canada, Association Quebecoise de Chirurgie, International College of Surgeon, and the College des Medecins du Quebec.
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