- Yumuk V et al. European Guidelines for Obesity Management in Adults. Obesity Facts 2015; 8:402-424.
- Johnson F, Beeken RJ, Croker H et al. Do weight perceptions among obese adults in Great Britain match clinical definitions? Analysis of cross-sectional surveys from 2007 and 2012. British Medical Journal Open 2014; 4: e005561.
- Kaplan L, Golden A, Jinnett K et al. Perceptions of Barriers to Effective Obesity Care: Results from the National ACTION Study. Obesity. 2018; 26:61–69.
- Hall KD, Hammond RA, Rahmandad H. Dynamic Interplay Among Homeostatic, Hedonic, and Cognitive Feedback Circuits Regulating Body Weight. American Journal of Public Health 2014; 104:7:1169-117
- Puhl RM & Heuer CA. Obesity Stigma: Important Considerations for Public Health. American Journal of Public Health. 2010; 100:6:1019-1028.
- Wright SM & Aronne LJ. Causes of obesity. Abdominal Imaging 2012; 37:730–732.
Obesity: A manageable disease with many causes
“I go to the gym, I eat very small portions, I do yoga. But I am still overweight. People will say to me ‘eat less, move more and you will be fine', but it is really not that simple”.
For Vicki Mooney, a mother of three living in Spain, asking for help from her doctor was a turning point in her life. It also made her realise that her obesity is not a simple matter of lifestyle but rather a chronic disease with many causes.
Anyone who has been through even a fraction of what Vicki has, knows it far too well – losing weight is difficult. Keeping the pounds off afterwards even more so. Still, it seems to be a widespread belief that people who live with obesity are entirely responsible for their situation.
The popular narrative implies that if only we ate the right food and
exercised in the right way, we would not carry excess weight. While
this mechanism of energy
in and energy out is true, it’s a dramatic simplification – and
hurtful to those affected by obesity. Losing weight does depend on the
balance between how much energy we eat, and how much energy we use.
But the causes of the energy
imbalance are complex and vary from person to person.
Instead, leading scientists agree that people who struggle with excess weight might in fact be living with obesity, which is a chronic disease.
Just like many other chronic diseases, obesity develops over a period of time. There are many reasons for this, some of which are beyond our conscious awareness or control. Our psychology, genetics, hormones, stress levels, the quantity and quality of our sleep, the medications we take and the environment we live in, can all play a role.
To effectively manage obesity, the first step is to identify which causes are playing a role – these causes will vary from person to person – and how some of the roadblocks can be addressed.
You are leaving Truthaboutweight.global
The site you are entering is not the property of, nor managed by, Novo Nordisk. Novo Nordisk assumes no responsibility for the content of sites not managed by Novo Nordisk. Furthermore, Novo Nordisk is not responsible for, nor does it have control over, the privacy policies of these sites.