Is Obesity Really a Choice? An Eye-Opening Report Exposes Real Cause Behind the Epidemic
Are you among those who believe that obesity is a self-inflicted state? According to a BPS (British Psychological Society) report, you couldn’t be more wrong. Society calls for people to change their notion on obesity, saying that there’s always more than meets the eye with the condition.
And while the BPS does not regard obesity a disease despite the World Health Organization recognizing it as such, the Society is urging everyone to desist from language that blames obese individuals for their obesity.
A Complex Condition
Going by the report, the BPS explains that lacking willpower is just but a negative stereotype expressed towards the individuals in question. Obesity, the report says, is much more complex than just willpower.
The BPS admits that certain behavior causes obesity, but then goes on to explain that individuals are not always in control of these choices they make. As such, they can’t be personally held responsible for them.
The fact that genetics also have a role to play when it comes to weight gain, the Society does have a point, and they state as much in their report. Additionally, they opine that an individual’s life is shaped by their social environments including school or work, and if these promote inactivity, overeating, or both, then said individuals will undoubtedly gain weight.
According to the report, a person’s locale could be responsible for their obesity. If they live in a region where access to affordable healthy options is limited, then these people automatically become susceptible to the disease.
Have you ever looked at obesity from a psychological angle? As the report explains, people suffering from trauma have far less incentive to be active. Naturally, inactivity leads to the accumulation of fat in the body, and before they know it, they are having weight problems.
The report goes on to provide a shocking statistic to back up this claim, revealing that half of the adults in Britain visiting obesity specialists have had to deal with trauma at some point in their childhood.
Moving on, the BPS reports that emotional eating is very much a thing, and it mostly affects those who are dieting. How so, you ask? When something happens leaves them feeling overwhelmed, they’re not strong enough to keep themselves from overindulging.
Angel Chater, a University of Bedfordshire psychologist and one of the authors on the report, had a very interesting observation. From 2005 to 2017, obesity levels among adults in England showed an increase of 18%. The same was also true for Wales, Northern Ireland, and Scotland.
Understand the Role of Psychology
As Chater puts it, it’s not as if citizens in the United Kingdom agreed to inactivity. Instead, the psychologist attributes the increase in obesity levels to their food supply and social environments. To address this, Chater insists that professionals must understand how psychology informs behavior changes and weight management.
The BPS chief executive Sarb Bajwa also had to have his voice heard, saying that the obesity menace should be offered the same treatment as smoking. For decades, the war against the addiction to smoking has been waged on all levels starting from government and trickling down to individual smokers.
Currently, there has been a significant reduction in smoking and its related health conditions. If it worked for smoking, why shouldn’t it do the same for obesity?
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