A recent news report stated that one in three Americans are overweight. Of these, six in ten of overweight people fall into the category of obesity. These statistics warrant a careful look at the causes of obesity. While many of us wish we could shed 5-10 pounds, there are many more who have a considerably greater task before them. Look at the number of diet programs, all promising to give you the svelte figure you desire. From high protein, low carb, and on to high fiber, there are no shortage of diet programs. However, the success rate must not be high, if we are to believe the statistics. The most practical solution may lie in determining the root causes of obesity. Let’s take a look and see how obesity can be linked to undiagnosed and untreated hypothyroidism.
Obesity can be a medical or psychological problem. If the standard charts tell you you are obese, making an appointment with your physician is a good first step. You’ll want to first rule out some of the common causes of obesity, such as a thyroid imbalance or excessive water retention which may be associated with menstrual cycles, the onset of menopause or a heart condition.
It’s important to realize that measurements of obesity, using the standard weight-height charts, can be misleading. For example, one famous basketball star, skinny as a rail, was deemed ‘obese’ simply because his large bone structure and muscle mass made up a greater proportion of his overall weight than the average person! Now, you know this is an exceptional case of labeling an individual obese, but all you need is to look in the mirror to get a true assessment. If you’re not just overweight, but obese, you’ll see the evidence in your reflection.
This is why it’s important to consult your doctor. The doc can run a series of tests to rule out medical conditions. If you have a thyroid imbalance, there are medications which can correct the imbalance. Be sure to ask for a referral to an endocrinologist, as the tests are complicated and require the interpretation of a qualified specialist.