A GAINING LOSS!
Speaking generally, society is simply not as hard on men concerning body image and specifically weight issues. This may actually work against men in the obesity war, as it may actually cause it to be harder for a man to be aware of his obesity and subsequently seek the help he needs for healthy weight loss. While this may make it seem that men suffer less emotionally due to obesity, since society is more accepting, nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, this seeming acceptance leaves men even more vulnerable to the health risks associated with obesity, since they are less likely than women to:
- catch weight gains early on and take precautionary measures
- seek help in losing weight and maintaining a healthy weight when dieting fails
While the health symptoms of obesity are essentially the same in men and women their affects are not. These health symptoms include:
- high blood pressure
- high cholesterol
Men also are found to be at greater risk for:
- coronary disease
- increased risks of cancer; specifically prostrate cancer
- fatal blood clotting
In fact medical studies show that men are:
- 8 times more likely to develop diabetes
- 4 times more likely to develop fatal blood clots
- 2 times more likely to suffer from high blood pressure and
- 3 times more likely to suffer coronary disease, or heart attack by or before the age of 50!
A 2008 study done reported that 34% of the male population is overweight, with fully 10% of those as being considered obese since they have a BMI (body mass index) of 30 or more. WHY are men suffering obesity in such great numbers yet appear to accept it rather than seek help? According to the Obesity Action Coalition men who are “large” are actually seen as stronger and “big” men are seen as more capable of taking care of others in dangerous situations. This perception is one which puts men at greater risk for obesity! Once seen as simply “large”, they easily cross over into obesity often completely unaware of the dangerous line they have crossed concerning their health.
Genetics may pre-dispose you to weight gain which, along with a diet of high fat and high calorie counts can quickly send weight completely out of control. If you find yourself constantly out of breath after the least exertion combined with a lack of desire to participate in activities you once enjoyed, a visit to your doctor to determine your BMI (Body Mass Index) would be a very healthy step in the right direction. You are not alone and you are not helpless. Even though diets, exercise programs and other therapies may not have worked, there are options that can work for you. Acknowledging the problem and understanding the options for solution to obesity is the first step in taking back control of your life!
This is part one of a two part topic, click the following to read part two Men and Obesity Part Two – “Losing to Gain!”, please stay tuned and don’t forget to contact us with any questions that you may have and subscribe to the blog.