At its most basic, anorexia nervosa is mental disorder characterized by an obsessive desire to lose weight. In fact, individuals suffering from anorexia often greatly fear gaining weight, even if they are already weigh less than their physician would consider healthy or safe.
As such, anorexia sufferers hold distorted body images about themselves (e.g. they feel fat when they’re actually very thin), which is what pushes them continue losing weight.
Did you know that during 2013 alone, the American weight loss industry made almost $61 billion? This is largely because, as the media is constantly reminding us, we are a nation of overweight individuals. In fact, according to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK):
- More than 2 in 3 adults are considered to be overweight or obese.
- More than 1 in 3 adults are considered to be obese.
- More than 1 in 20 adults are considered to have extreme obesity.
Although weight loss battles seem to be a recent phenomenon, the fact of the matter is that individuals have been trying to lose weight for one reason or another for centuries. However, patients often visit the Advanced Family Medicine office concerned about how to lose weight, and stressed about how they can keep it off once they do.
Because of this, we thought we’d discuss the 4 most important factors you can apply in order to lose weight and keep it off for the long run.
Obesity is an ever-increasing health concern for men, women, and children in this country. But what is it, and how does it impact your quality of life? And perhaps most importantly, what can you do to prevent it?