There is a high chance you ultimately know very little about obesity and related overweight conditions. To this end, some people believe obesity is never a disease but a condition that causes other diseases; and more so, others yet believe that it can only be treated with medications, still, some others totally disagree about using medications only to treat obesity. And some say, lifestyle changes are all that are required to deal with biological obesity.
Hear what Dr. Christopher Ochner of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, has to say:
“Although lifestyle modifications may result in lasting weight loss in overweight individuals, in those with chronic obesity body weight seems to become biologically defended,” Dr. Ochner said, and then continued: “Therefore, the current advice to eat less and exercise more may be no more effective for most obese individuals than a recommendation to avoid sharp objects for someone bleeding profusely.”
But the medical expert is not done yet: “Few individuals ever truly recover from obesity; rather they suffer from ‘obesity in remission’. They are biologically very different from individuals of the same age, sex, and body weight who never had obesity.”
He said that “Many clinicians are not aware of the reasons individuals with obesity struggle to achieve and maintain weight loss. Obesity should be recognized as a chronic and often treatment-resistant disease with both biological and behavioral causes that require a range of medical interventions including biologically based interventions such as pharmacotherapy or surgery as well as lifestyle modification.”
According to him, “Ignoring these biological factors and continuing to rely on behavioral modification will surely result in the continued inability to treat obesity effectively and the premature death of millions of individuals each year.”
And then finally, Dr Ochner says: “Obesity should be recognized as a chronic and often treatment-resistant disease with both biological and behavioral causes.”
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