Losing to gain!
This is part 2 of a 2 part series, in the event that you haven’t read part one, please feel free to do so by clicking here –Even Harder for Men to Lose Weight – maybe? Part 1 of 2.
In this second part of our series concerning Men and Obesity, hopefully you will gain understanding of ways specifically for men to combat both the weight gains and emotional effects from those weight issues. Before you start thinking “men? Emotional? uh huh” studies clearly show that the emotional issues for obese men is as severe as those for women. Possibly even worse, simply because excessive weight in men is viewed so very differently by society as a whole and by individuals than it is in women, that the problem of obesity in men usually isn’t addressed until it is quite far advanced. In fact, according to studies done by the US National Institute of Health men are at greater risk not only of deep clinical depression due to obesity, loss of sex drive and severe lack of self esteem, but increased suicidal thoughts and attempts. These are issues as serious as the health problems (link to blog about health issues) caused by obesity. Obesity in men has been linked to childhood ADHD, with boys diagnosed with ADHD as children twice as likely to suffer obesity as adults.
However men, take heart! Though the affects and health risks are very real, you are not without hope for help and full recovery in many of these areas. Bariatric Surgery (link to the web page with the surgery info) offers an all-important first step in taking back control of your life and helping you begin a journey toward healing. There are several surgery choices and your doctor will help you discover the solution that will work best for your specific situation. Additionally, the American College of Physicians released a study showing that counseling has a very positive effect on sustaining weight loss once achieved than those who attempt to go it alone. In particular the studies showed that men who suffered loss of sex drive with the increasing weight gains saw sex drive return with significant weight loss, such as that achieved from Bariatric procedure.
One of the secondary steps after surgery to retain weight loss and experience a return of health in other areas is increased activities, specifically exercise. Further studies have shown that men tend to gain greater benefit from beginning a healthy exercise routine than women who undergo surgery. This may be because the activities men usually choose to involve themselves in involve others, like taking up basketball for instance. The increased activity is also helpful in restoring a healthy balance in emotional areas of a man’s life; as it provides not only the physical benefits we’ve discussed, but activity involving other men encourages healthy interactions and friendships to develop. These all work together to help keep a man steady on his course of sustaining healthy weight in the future.
Choosing a surgical option may prove harder at the outset for men in general as the tendency is to go it alone whenever they face a problem of a personal nature, but in this instance, men benefit greatly from seeking medical intervention. Usually men lose weight faster and easier than women do in general dieting, and in the instance of obesity, this truism works in your favor men, for when you choose to undergo a Bariatric Surgical procedure your results can be quite dramatic in a fairly short amount of time. Long term success in keeping the weight off tends toward your favor as well, with simple dietary changes and those increased activities we talked of paying good dividends for your healthier future.