Most of the patients I meet in my practice for weight loss are above 80 kilograms who frequent reminisce “I used to be 50 kilograms before pregnancy” or “I started putting on weight in forties” or “I don’t know how I became so obese!!!” and so on.
It makes me wonder “where was the health check conscience when those 30 kilograms or so were gradually landing on you?” But I guess that is the sorcery of Weight gain. When one goes from 52 Kgs to 54 Kgs or 54 Kgs to 56 Kgs on the weighing scales, there is no alarm. There is no hurry to change the diet or lifestyle. And the attitude for exercise is –“I will definitely start it tomorrow!” But Alas! The Tomorrow comes when our clothes, mirror and weighing scales start complaining non-stop.
An advice Don’t wait too long once your journey towards obesity begins. Nip the problem in the bud. The question that arises is How do we know that our journey towards Obesity has begun? What are the health check posts for the same? Let’s see- Before the weighing scales, BMI score, scrutinizing eyes and critical tongues of people around us slay our self-confidence, we need to start listening to our bodies. Our body is the best tool of communication for knowing our health status. Listed below are some of the simplest signs and symptoms of Obesity as a disease.
Breathlessness- Feeling short of breath on mild exertion or no exertion? This is our body telling us that fat tissue is decreasing our body’s capacity to perform simple yet vital chores.
Difficulty in exhalation The abdominal fat pushes on the diaphragm, leaving lesser space for the lungs to expand. So the exhalation which we do not even notice in our healthy lives becomes a marathon task.
Excessive thirst The fat accumulation on waistline doesn’t just mean losing confidence or not being able to wear fancy clothes. Our middle body, known as “core” is the seat of all vital metabolic functions. The fat buildup directly or indirectly results in the imbalance of digestive, assimilative, excretory, circulatory, hormonal functions leading to excessive thirst.
Giddiness- Feeling shaky in your movements? Increasing weight affects the activities of daily living. Also the over-worked lungs as stated above are unable to supply enough oxygen to the body leaving us dizzy!
Lassitude- The increase in the fat tissue means depletion in the function of other vital tissues muscles, bones, blood, lymph, etc. This brings about the wasting of these tissues lack of energy exertion without any physical work Fatigue.
Sleepiness- Laziness and weight gain go hand in hand throughout the journey of obesity. All above factors decrease our working capacity with nothing left to do and reduced oxygen supply to the brain. This makes us sleepy all the time. Also, next time you feel the need to oversleep on daily basis, start questioning your body about it rather than giving in to the sweet feeling and sleeping excessively.
Sound emerging from throat. This condition is due to the presence of excessive fat in and around the soft tissue of the neck. The fat around the neck constricts the airways (windpipe) making it difficult to breathe smoothly and noiselessly. So even while not speaking, there is a typical “ghr-ghr” sound emerging from the throat.
Excessive Hunger The fat tissue traps the digestive fire in the abdominal area so whatever a person eats gets burnt very easily and quickly leaving the person more hungry and with more calories.
Foul body odor Increase in weight means increased skin folds. It also means fat tissue clogging the skin pores and hindering the skin’s function of detoxification. Skin folds create areas with decreased airflow. When the sweat mixes with odor-causing bacteria, and toxins the result is an unpleasant odor.
Sexual debility This happens because fat cells are capable of converting testosterone into estrogen. They also affect the brain’s capacity to trigger the production of more testosterone. This lack of the male hormone not only reduces a man’s libido but also leads to weakening of his muscles.
The health picture is still incomplete. The above symptoms might indicate some other disorder too. How can we differentiate it? Simplest solution is consulting the health expert. If not- analyze and get to know your body, communicate with it thoroughly and draw your own conclusions.
“Obesity is not simply a cause of social, personal, mental distress but a serious disease which increases the risk of many other fatal problems. So before the fat burns you, burn the fat!”