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Obesity: Help and tips for those affected and their families

A sedentary lifestyle, poor diet, or stress can all cause obesity. It doesn't matter whether you are affected yourself or think that a family member or friend has the disease: In addition to the causes, we show symptoms and show you a way out of the disease.

What is Obesity?

The term obesity is derived from the Latin word “adeps” (“fat”) and denotes severe overweight. In German there is often talk of “obesity”, “obesity” or “obesity”. A person is obese when the body fat increases excessively. Body mass index (BMI) is used to calculate whether a person is obese or not. This is calculated as follows: Weight in kg / (height in m) 2.

Adults are obese if they have a BMI over 30 kg / m2; Children and adolescents suffer from obesity with a BMI of 25 or 30 kg / m2.

What are Obesity Symptoms?

In addition to being extremely overweight, those affected usually have numerous health problems that have a negative impact on quality of life:

  • Damaged organs (e.g. heart, lungs, liver, or kidney)
  • Limited mobility
  • shortness of breath
  • Decreasing intellectual ability
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Poor wound healing
  • Painful joints
  • Rapid signs of fatigue

What Causes Obesity?

There is no single cause of obesity. Obesity is of course the result of eating the wrong foods, often in large quantities. This is followed by a lack of exercise because exercise becomes more and more arduous. The important question is “why”: Why do some people eat so much, do not get full? This is where psychological factors such as stress or frustration come into play. Psychosocial stress such as B. Bullying in school or at work, relatives in need of care, unemployment, marital problems etc. can damage the psyche. Some people react to this with food - others with alcohol, cigarettes or even excessive exercise.

To simply label affected people as indisciplinary and lazy would be wrong and would only put the sick person under even more pressure.

In obese children, the lack of exercise is a sticking point, says Dr. med. Johannes Oepen, specialist in pediatric and adolescent medicine in Bad Kreuznach and director of the Obesity Network Rhineland-Palatinate: "The balance between diet and exercise is no longer right, today inactivity is too often part of the lifestyle."

Help with obesity

"Joy is the most important remedy for inactivity," says Dr. med. Johannes Oepen. For this reason, parents should convey to their obese children that exercise - such as going to school or a sports club - is fun. Dr. med. Johannes Oepen appropriately speaks of “the joy of exertion”. You can convey the same thoughts to obese adults among friends or acquaintances. As a relative or friend, you can start here by telling the person concerned what they are already doing well and then making suggestions for improvement. Go for a walk, adjusting your own pace to that of the overweight person.

Self-help associations or self-help groups can be another valuable support for obese people. Those affected can exchange ideas undisturbed and motivate one another.

It is also essential that the self-confidence of those affected is strengthened - this can be achieved not only through self-help and sport, but also through hobbies such as painting or making music.

Healthy eating plays an important role in losing weight

A healthy, balanced diet can help those affected find their way back to a healthy lifestyle. Whether with family or friends - cooking and eating together is fun and enjoyable. On our website www.iss-einfach-besser.de we give tips on how such group activities can be successful. Many of the delicious recipes from the IKK employees also provide direct ideas for cooking together for the first time. The cookbook “schmeckt. easy. good. ", which the IKK Südwest supports.

Nutritional advice from the IKK Südwest

Would you like to find out more about obesity? As part of the “Eat better” campaign, we offer comprehensive, free nutritional advice. Visit the nutrition clinic or find out about the IKK Eat-simply-better-Hotline 0800 72 46 860 advised by our team of experts over the phone. Convince yourself of the quality of our personal nutritional advice, even if you are not insured with IKK! Online nutrition coaching also helps our policyholders to change their own eating habits and to achieve personal goals in stages. You can use the coach very conveniently via our online office "Meine IKK Südwest".

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