It really bothers me to say something potentially offensive to my Fibro family. I know weight is a sensitive subject. But…if you weigh too much, it may be for no other reason than overeating.
Please allow me to clarify something. Media and society place unattainable weight goals on a lot of people. Please understand that I despise such bullying and ignorance. I really don’t even pay much attention to weight charts because I know everyone’s different when it comes to what equates to a healthy weight. Two women of the same height may need to weigh vastly different amounts based on their build and even how much they workout. Same with men.
But there is such a thing as being overweight. Each of us has a different healthy weight and when we exceed that weight, we know. We see it. We feel it. Being overweight causes health problems and negavitely affects Fibromyalgia.
Therefore, when I say, “…no other reason than overeating” I mean that overeating is the direct cause of being overweight, and that this article doesn’t deal with weight gain caused by a thryoid condition or endema or another medical reason. I am just talking about overeating.
Everyone overeats for different reasons.
Reasons for Overeating
Many issues play into overeating. Those issues include but are not limited to:
If you suffer from the above and are not receiving professional care, contact your doctor immediately. You may also benefit from contacting a professional association such as Anxiety and Depression Society of America or Overeaters Anonymous.
Now, let’s look at the big IF…
The Big IF
People who overeat need informed guidance IF they want to make healthy changes. I capped the “if” because, well, some people don’t want to make changes. That’s understandable and it’s a personal decision. No judgement from me.
However, knowledge helps us all make better decisions. Therefore, in addition to reading the links provided here and considering some of what I say, I encourage you to speak to a health professional.
Now, let’s take a brief look at Fibromyalgia and excess weight.
Fibromyalgia and Excess Weight
Being overweight often makes managing Fibromyalgia much harder by compounding the pain and movement difficulties inherent to the condition. Weight also affects breathing and sleeping.
Extra weight puts pressure on the whole body and this pressure makes a painful condition worse. Pain usually slows down people. The extra weight not only adds to the pain but the slowness. Sitting in a comfortable position, standing, and walking all become hard if you’re struggling with pain and weight.
Additionally, extra weight makes it harder to breathe which creates stress, and stress increases pain.
Sleeping becomes more difficult with all of the above, too, especially if extra weight plays a role in pain or breathing. Sleep apnea occurs commonly among Fibromyalgia patients. Many overweight people suffer sleep apnea.
Healthy and Satisfying
It seems odd to say this in a post about excess weight, but truly appreciating and enjoying food leads to successful, long-term healthy eating. Eventually, that results in a healthy weight.
When a person follows a strict diet for reasons other than immediate surgery, that diet almost always results in failure. In addition to aiding in basic survival, food pleases the senses. Food also provides vital social opportunities. It’s my personal experience that consuming food that tastes unpleasant and offers no social interaction results in automatic weight loss failure.
Despite popular misconception, it’s possible to eat healthily and satisfy your senses as well as your social needs.
In Part 2, I’ll show you some ways to get started on a healthy eating program. However, please remember that my advice is not intended to replace your doctor’s or to serve as a substitute for seeing a doctor. I just want to give you some general ideas. Hopefully, you can work them into your life with the help of a medical professional.
Stay tuned for Part 2!
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