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Stigmatizing obese people

Stigmatizing obese people

Stigmatizing obese people is a tool that derails weight loss progress and must be discouraged

Stigmatizing obese people: How it affects both men and women

It is regrettable that at this point in time people are still living under certain siege of discrimination because of avoidable health conditions like overweight and obesity. Discriminating or stigmatizing obese people is a common illegality the world over with the US taking lead. I will be discussing some effects of this habit and offer solutions so that you can live your life freely by avoiding being discriminated upon. According to the experts from the AWAREmed health and wellness resource center under the leadership of Doctor Dalal Akoury MD, people who are affected by excess weight or obesity experience discrimination across a wide variety of settings, including healthcare, employment, schools, public transport sector, social amenities joints and interpersonal relationships.

Stigmatizing obese people: Social discrimination

Let us consider the employment settings, job seekers who are affected by excess weight are often less likely to secure job opportunities or even be recommended for promotion compared to their slimmer colleagues and in the very extreme they are also faced with lower remunerations and increased risk of job insecurity based on their weight alone.

In healthcare settings, obese patients often experience prejudice, apathy and lower quality of care from medical professionals, which may result in patients choosing to delay or forgo crucial preventative care to avoid additional humiliation.

Students also face weight-based victimization in the educational sector from their peers, teachers and even parents, which may interfere with social support and educational achievement.

Weight stigma is even present in interpersonal relationships with friends, family and romantic partners, such that negative judgment invades almost all areas of the lives of people affected by obesity.

Stigmatizing obese people: Gender differences in weight gain stigma

Although both men and women are vulnerable to weight discrimination, their experiences may differ with respect to how much discrimination they are exposed to and the forms that it takes. Most notably, women seem to experience higher levels of weight stigmatization than men, even at lower levels of excess weight. Research suggests that women, especially those who are middle-aged or with lower levels of education, experience weight discrimination at significantly higher rates than male peers. Moreover, women report weight discrimination at lower levels of excess weight than men. For example, men tend to report considerable stigmatization at a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 35 or higher, whereas women report experiencing notable increases in weight discrimination at a lower BMI of only 27.

North American ideals of physical attractiveness, which emphasize thinness as central to feminine beauty, may account for some of these differences. Women whose bodies deviate, even slightly, from physical beauty standards may be vulnerable to weight stigmatization. Given that thinness ideals have become deeply ingrained into our society and are heavily promoted by the mass media, diet industry and fashion industry, it’s not surprising to see widespread weight stigmatization toward women, even if they are not “obese.” For women, weight discrimination has been associated with poorer body image, low self-esteem, depression, anxiety, and a range of unhealthy eating behaviors, including binge eating. We must get out of this madness and schedule an appointment with AWAREmed health center should be the starting point to getting a leaner body weight.

Stigmatizing obese people: How it affects both men and women

 

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Obesity an addiction

Stigmatizing obese children lowers morale

Stigmatizing obese children

Stigmatizing obese children lowers morale and is quite immoral to do so

Stigmatizing obese children lowers morale: Parental obligations

In making effort to bringing up our children in the best way we can, we are often meet with different challenges hindering our desire to do our part perfectly as we would wish to. Take for example the problem of stigmatizing obese children. Is there any bad thing that can happen to a child than to be discriminated over? Doctor Dalal Akoury MD, President, and founder of AWAREmed health and wellness resource center is going to help us understand more about childhood obesity stigmatization. Childhood obesity is a health problem, but to stigmatize the obese children over their condition is very immoral and demeaning as it is destroying our children causing them to feel secluded, alone and helpless.

We have a duty as parents to find out if our children are being bullied in whichever way to help them maintain their self-esteem. In today’s society body weight is among the common reasons why young people are harassed and while this is taking place and our children are being bullied, victimization of overweight youth continues to be ignored by the media, research and policy discussions. Recent studies indicated that many students are being teased in a demeaning way or during the physical activity classes, they are called names, made fun of because of their overweight problem. I want to pose and ask if overweight a health condition like any other? Why bully? The consequences of weight-based teasing and bullying are many and can be severe. Overweight youth who are teased and bullied are vulnerable to social, psychological, emotional and physical health impairments including:

  • Increased risk of depression and anxiety
  • Negative body image
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Avoiding gym class
  • Skipping school
  • Academic impairment
  • Unhealthy weight control
  • Binge-eating behaviors
  • Reduced physical activity
  • Increased body mass index (BMI)

There is an emerging trend of weight related victimization much less known called cyber bullying causing a lot of devastating results among young people. Let’s take a moment to discuss cyber bullying.

Stigmatizing obese children lowers morale: Cyberbullying

This is the deliberate, attempt to inflict injury or discomfort of another person through electronic means. For adolescents, estimates of cyber victims range from 4-72 percent. Cyber-bullying takes a number of different forms including threats, insults, gossip, rumors, impersonation, hacking into other people’s accounts or spreading someone else’s private or personal information without consent. Peers are not the only perpetrators. In fact, youth report being bullied by adults and siblings, and 48 to 79 percent have been bullied by strangers or individuals they have never met in person.

Its anonymity sets cyber-bullying apart from more “traditional” victimization, but cyber-bullying is especially harmful because it penetrates beyond the school boundary and can possibly happen to anyone at any time. The majority (85 percent) of cyber-bullying happens at home, but these experiences may also affect children at school. What may be frustrating is that parents are largely unaware of their children’s roles as cyber-bullies or victims. Youth who are cyberbullied may be especially vulnerable to consequences that differ from more traditional forms of bullying. These include weapon carrying at school, low caregiver-adolescent connectedness, headaches, sleeping difficulties, sexual solicitation, social anxiety and suicidal thoughts and behaviors. Though it may be unclear if these problems are instigated or result from the cyber-bullying, the consequences remain the same and that is why you need to seek professional help from doctor Akoury now.

Stigmatizing obese children lowers morale: Parental obligations

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Discriminating obese and overweight people

Discriminating obese

Discriminating obese and overweight people is wrong and we must join forces to stop it

Discriminating obese and overweight people: How it affect both men and women

It is regrettable that at this point of time people are still living under certain siege of discrimination because of some health conditions that could be avoided like weight gain and obesity. Discriminating obese and overweight people a serious illegality which is very common the world over with the US taking the lead. I will be discussing some of the effects of this uncalled for habit and offer you solutions so that you can live your life freely and void of any discrimination. According to the experts from AWAREmed health and wellness resource center under the leadership of doctor Dalal Akoury MD, people who are affected by excess weight or obesity experience discrimination across a wide variety of settings, including healthcare, employment, schools, public transport sector, social amenities joints and interpersonal relationships.

Discriminating obese and overweight people: Social discrimination

Let us consider the employment settings, job seekers who are affected by excess weight are often less likely to secure job opportunities or even be recommended for promotion compared to their slimmer colleagues and in the very extreme they are also faced with lower remunerations and increased risk of job insecurity based on their weight alone.

In healthcare settings, obese patients often experience prejudice, apathy and lower quality of care from medical professionals, which may result in patients choosing to delay or forgo crucial preventative care to avoid additional humiliation.

Students also face weight-based victimization in educational sector from their peers, teachers and even parents, which may interfere with social support and educational achievement.

Weight stigma is even present in interpersonal relationships with friends, family and romantic partners, such that negative judgment invades almost all areas of the lives of people affected by obesity.

Discriminating obese and overweight people: Gender differences in weight gain stigma

Although both men and women are vulnerable to weight discrimination, their experiences may differ with respect to how much discrimination they are exposed to and the forms that it takes. Most notably, women seem to experience higher levels of weight stigmatization than men, even at lower levels of excess weight. Research suggests that women, especially those who are middle aged or with lower levels of education, experience weight discrimination at significantly higher rates than male peers. Moreover, women report weight discrimination at lower levels of excess weight than men. For example, men tend to report considerable stigmatization at a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 35 or higher, whereas women report experiencing notable increases in weight discrimination at a lower BMI of only 27.

North American ideals of physical attractiveness, which emphasize thinness as central to feminine beauty, may account for some of these differences. Women whose bodies deviate, even slightly, from physical beauty standards may be vulnerable to weight stigmatization. Given that thinness ideals have become deeply ingrained into our society and are heavily promoted by the mass media, diet industry and fashion industry, it’s not surprising to see widespread weight stigmatization toward women, even if they are not “obese.” For women, weight discrimination has been associated with poorer body image, low self-esteem, depression, anxiety, and a range of unhealthy eating behaviors, including binge eating. We must get out of this madness and scheduling an appointment with AWAREmed health center should be the starting point to getting a leaner body weight.

Discriminating obese and overweight people: How it affect both men and women

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Stigmatization due to overweight and obesity

Stigmatization due to overweight and obesity: The effects it has on both genders

Stigmatization due to overweight and obesity

Stigmatization due to overweight and obesity is not a fiction any more. Many obese people are suffering a lot in the hands of those who are suppose to help them like doctors, teachers, parents and employers

Overweight people are in many situations often finds themselves on the receiving end due to a range of reasons. Besides the possible health complications that come with being overweight and obese, these individuals often becomes the subject of ridicule, discrimination and other acts that can only be considered to be inhumane. It is a pity that this is happening in this twenty first century despite the public awareness that obesity and overweight are diseases like any other which needs medical attention. While attending one of the conferences organized by doctor Dalal Akoury (MD) and founder of AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center. She was very categorical that stigmatization due to overweight and obesity is becoming a global problem with US being on the list of states that leads in this uncalled for behavior. In her speech she wondered why this is happening and I believe that your conscious is not clear about the same and you are wondering too. Because of that, we are going to discuss some of the effects of this heinous behavior and also offer some working solution that we believe will be very helpful to you. We want therefore appeal to you passionately to keep reading and be the first to know the modalities of addressing such situations.

The element of stigmatization is deeply rooted in some communities to the effect that people who are struggling with excess weight or obesity are under serious pressure from their molesters and the experience of discrimination is across a wide variety of settings, including healthcare, employment, schools, public transport sector, social amenities joints and interpersonal relationships. Our children are bullied in school and their performance is deteriorating in the process. Employers are not keen on giving opportunities to obese individuals thereby causing some people their only source of livelihoods. We will look at some of these in details as we progress into the discussion and this is something you don’t want to miss. Therefore stay with us on the link and where possible invite a friend to spread the scope of our resolve to create more awareness to the public that stigmatization due to overweight and obesity is a serious crime to social justice.

Stigmatization due to overweight and obesity: Social discrimination

We have just mentioned something about job opportunities and for sure this is one area which needs to be focused on very objectively. Many employers are shying from offering job opportunities to people who are overweight for fear that they may not be active enough to deliver on their assignment. This discrimination does not stop there; even those that are already in the employment often find themselves being left out when promotion opportunities are advertised. Such opportunities are almost like a reserve to their lean colleagues. As if that is not enough some employers go further to frustrate them by low remuneration siting nonperformance and increased risk of job insecurity just because of their weight.

In healthcare settings, patients affected by obesity often experience prejudice, apathy and lower quality of care from medical professionals, which may result in patients choosing to delay or forgo crucial preventative care to avoid additional humiliation.

Students also face weight-based victimization in educational institutions from their peers, teachers and even parents, this affects the adversely in nearly all the sectors of their life including the interference with their social support and educational achievement. Besides all these it is also emerging that weight related stigma is also present in interpersonal relationships with friends, family and romantic partners, such that negative judgment invades almost all areas of the lives of people affected by obesity.

Stigmatization due to overweight and obesity: Gender differences in experiences of weight stigma

Although both men and women are vulnerable to weight discrimination, their experiences may differ with respect to how much discrimination they are exposed to and the forms that it takes. Most notably, women seem to experience higher levels of weight stigmatization than men, even at lower levels of excess weight. Research suggests that women, especially those who are middle aged or with lower levels of education, experience weight discrimination at significantly higher rates than male peers. Moreover, women report weight discrimination at lower levels of excess weight than men. For example, men tend to report considerable stigmatization at a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 35 or higher, whereas women report experiencing notable increases in weight discrimination at a lower BMI of only 27.

North American ideals of physical attractiveness, which emphasize thinness as central to feminine beauty, may account for some of these differences. Women whose bodies deviate, even slightly, from physical beauty standards may be vulnerable to weight stigmatization. Given that thinness ideals have become deeply ingrained into our society and are heavily promoted by the mass media, diet industry and fashion industry, it’s not surprising to see widespread weight stigmatization toward women, even if they are not “obese.

For women, weight discrimination has been associated with poorer body image, low self-esteem, depression, anxiety, and a range of unhealthy eating behaviors, including binge eating.

Stigmatization due to overweight and obesity: Gender differences in children and adolescents

Young people are vulnerable to the negative social and emotional consequences of obesity. The magnitude of stigmatization always takes the shape of bullying and victimization which impacts adversely on their relationships, education and occasionally on their physical health. There has been an inconsistency in research findings to gender with some studies establishing that girls experience more weight-based victimization, reporting higher levels of teasing and being assigned more negative characteristics as a result of their weight than boys. Other research, however, has failed to find sex differences in vulnerabilities. It may be that differences are more apparent in the types of stigmatization experienced by boys and girls, rather than the quantity or amount of these experiences.

For instance weight-based bullying may be more predominant among boys who are affected by excess weight while girls may experience more weight-based victimization in the form of social exclusion from their peers.

As I had indicated above boys and girls who experience weight-based victimization are at increased risk for negative social and educational outcomes, however, these risks seem to be even more identical with girls who are overweight, display lower academic self-esteem and are significantly more likely to be held back a grade than boys. Girls are also more likely to experience negative psychological outcomes, like depression in response to experiences of weight victimization, and may endure more pronounced difficulties in interpersonal relationships with peers and dating partners in adolescence.

Research shows that adolescent and young adult women who are affected by excess weight have lower potential for romantic relationships compared to their non-overweight peers. However, for young men, being affected by excess weight may not be detrimental to dating and forming romantic relationships. In fact, it may even be associated with positive and desirable characteristics like strength and masculinity.

Finally the content of this article is not conclusive and certainly further studies are necessary to unlock and comprehend the nature and extent of gender differences in experiences of weight stigmatization. Even though it may appear for now that some differences may exist and more so ladies may have increased vulnerability in some areas compared to men. These are very useful tips which should be known by the various sector e.g. employers, learning institutions to help them intervene and bring this madness of weight stigmatization to a manageable levels. Doing all these may necessitate that you seek well guided professional advice from an experienced expert. These services are available at AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center a facility founded by Doctor Akoury who is an expert in this line of obesity and has been helping people regain their lives back for the last two decades through a painless process by focusing on Neuroendocrine Restoration (NER) to reinstate normality through realization of the oneness of Spirit, Mind, and Body, Unifying the threesome into ONE. Calling doctor Akoury will be very helpful for you to sort out all your questions relating to weight gain and obesity in all aspect.

Stigmatization due to overweight and obesity: The effects it has on both genders

 

 

 

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Understanding Causes and Risk factors of Obesity

Understanding Causes and Risk factors of Obesity – The Experts Opinion

Understanding Causes and Risk factors of Obesity

Understanding Causes and Risk factors of Obesity. The various health complications associated with obesity are very life threatening.

When it comes to the understanding causes and risk factors of obesity and overweight, the expert’s opinion is very important. In this case we will relay on the experiences accruing from the home of weight loss solution where there are real professionals in this discipline. I am talking about a facility known as AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center under Doctor Akoury’s care. This is where all your weight related concerns ends. Doctor Akoury and her team of highly trained and experienced professionals of over two decades will not only help you restore your life back, but will also handle each of your cases with dignity, respect and utmost professionalism. As we get into the discussion of understanding causes and risk factors of obesity and being overweight, it will be very important that if this article is addressing your situation then you need to make an appointment with doctor Akoury today to begin the recovery process with the real professionals.

There are very many elements which are directly associated with the causes of obesity and their subsequent risk factors. However even though there are genetic and hormonal influences on body weight, primarily obesity occurs when you acquire more calories than you burn or dispose through exercise and normal daily activities. The body then stores these excess calories as fat. It must therefore be remembered that obesity usually results from a combination of causes and contributing factors which may include the following:

  • Inactivity – engaging in physical activities is one of the most effective ways of putting the calories to proper use (burning of calories). This would mean that with a sedentary lifestyle, you will definitely take in more calories every day than you use through exercise and normal daily activities.
  • Unhealthy diet and eating habits – Having a diet that’s high in calories, lacking in fruits and vegetables, full of fast food, missing breakfast, and laden with high-calorie beverages and oversized portions all contribute to weight gain. I will advise that in understanding causes and risk factors of obesity this point must be taken seriously.
  • Pregnancy – During pregnancy, a woman’s weight necessarily increases. Some women find this weight difficult to lose after the baby is born. This weight gain may contribute to the development of obesity in women.
  • Lack of sleep – Sleep deprivation can cause changes in hormones that increase your appetite. You may also crave foods high in calories and carbohydrates, which can contribute to weight gain making this point key in understanding causes and risk factors of obesity.
  • Certain medications – medications like certain antidepressants, anti-seizure medications, diabetes medications, antipsychotic medications, corticosteroids and beta blockers can lead to weight gain if their intake is not adequately compensated by proper diet or activity. These medications include some.

Understanding Causes and Risk factors of Obesity – Risk factors

Like I have indicate before obesity is a health condition which occurs when you take more calories than you burn through exercise and normal daily activities. It is important to note that in understanding causes and risk factors of obesity your body stores these extra calories as fat. Nonetheless obesity usually results from a combination of causes and contributing factors, including:

  • Genetics – Your genes may affect the amount of body fat you store and where that fat is distributed. Genetics may also play a role in how efficiently your body converts food into energy and how your body burns calories during exercise. Even when someone has a genetic predisposition, environmental factors ultimately make you gain more weight.
  • Family lifestyle – Obesity associates itself majorly with families. This actually has nothing to do with genetics. Remember that family members tend to have similar eating, lifestyle and activity habits. Therefore in the event that one or both of your parents are obese, your risk of being obese is increased due to possibilities of being influenced into those habits.
  • Inactivity – If you’re not very active, you don’t burn as many calories. With a sedentary lifestyle, you can easily take in more calories every day than you burn off through exercise and normal daily activities.
  • Unhealthy diet and eating habits – A diet that’s high in calories, lacking in fruits and vegetables, full of fast food, missing breakfast, and laden with high-calorie beverages and oversized portions contributes to weight gain.
  • Quitting smoking – Quitting smoking is often associated with weight gain. And for some, it can lead to enough weight gain that the person becomes obese. In the long run, however, quitting smoking is still a greater benefit to your health than continuing to smoke.
  • Pregnancy – During pregnancy, a woman’s weight necessarily increases. Some women find this weight difficult to lose after the baby is born. This weight gain may contribute to the development of obesity in women.
  • Lack of sleep – Not getting enough sleep or getting too much sleep at night can cause changes in hormones that increase your appetite. You may also crave foods high in calories and carbohydrates, which can contribute to weight gain.
  • Age – This is one health condition that does not discriminate it can occur at any age, even in young children and irrespective of gender. However as one ages, hormonal changes and a less active lifestyle increase your risk of obesity. Moreover, the amount of muscle in your body will always decrease with age. This decrease may lead to a decrease in metabolism which also reduce calorie needs and can make it harder to keep off excess weight. Therefore if you don’t control what you eat and consciously become more physically active as you age, you’ll likely gain weight.
  • Social and economic issues – Certain social and economic issues may be linked to obesity. You may not have safe areas to exercise, you may not have been taught healthy ways of cooking or you may not have money to buy healthier foods. In addition, the people you spend time with may influence your weight you’re more likely to become obese if you have obese friends or relatives.

Finally it is important to note that even if you have one or more of these risk factors it doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re destined to become obesity candidate. You can help yourself by reducing most of these risk factors through change of lifestyle, diet, physical activity and exercise, and behavior changes. At AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center we know that you’re struggling with understanding causes and risk factors of obesity and being overweight. We want to be of help to you if only you can call us and let us know of your problem. The experience and professionalism doctor Akoury employs will reinstate your life back in the most natural way leaving you to have the full enjoyment of life to the fullest.

Understanding Causes and Risk factors of Obesity – The Experts Opinion

 

 

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