What are weight issues?
To classify weight issues, the CDC uses Body Mass Index (BMI), or the weight divided by height of each individual in the study. An overweight individual has a BMI greater than 25 but less than 30. Those who are obese have a BMI greater than 30.
To check your BMI, simply search a web browser for “BMI calculator.” You will be able to fill in your weight and height to calculate your BMI.
If your BMI falls in the overweight or obese range, and especially if you have had trouble maintaining a regular diet, it is prudent to seek help before other symptoms arise.
What are the consequences of weight issues?
Aside from the more obvious physical repercussions of weight issues, individuals falling into the overweight and obese BMI categories often develop serious mental health problems. Depression is one of the more common issues that can result. One study shows that individuals dealing with weight issues have a 55 percent higher risk of developing depression than those who don’t struggle with their weight.
Because society often places a stigma on overweight individuals, those dealing with weight issues often develop a poor body image that reflects the stereotypes assigned by those around them. Obese and overweight individuals also suffer from weight discrimination because they are perceived as lazy and unattractive. Self-esteem suffers in these situations, which can lead to physiological issues. Ultimately, all these factors can result in a lower quality of life because of the loneliness and isolation suffered by overweight and obese individuals.
Accordingly, weight issues can lead to significant physical and mental health disorders, including:
- Anxiety and depression
- Bipolar disorder
- Panic disorder
- Low self-esteem
- Heart disease