• Question: is there a cure for morbid obesity

    Asked by beano on 18 Jun 2019.
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      Kaitlin Wade answered on 18 Jun 2019:

      There is no ‘cure’ but there are ways that can help treat it. For example, most of the ‘treatment’ options are to increase exercise and improve diet, some medications that not only try and reduce fat within the body but also the symptoms that come with morbid obesity (heart disease, high cholesterol, type 2 diabetes, etc.) and even surgery like gastric bypass or band. This was taken from Medical News Today: https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/320460.php. One think that I think is more important is not focusing on the ‘cure’ or ‘treatment’ but focusing on prevention – to stop morbid obesity and, indeed, obesity, from happening in the first place.

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      Rebecca Moon answered on 18 Jun 2019:

      Yes there absolutely is! Obesity in the UK population (and many other countries) is increasingly frequent, which reflects changes in our lifestyle, in particular, less physical activity and more sedentary hobbies and easier access to a wider range of fast and high sugar foods. Obesity results when the calories consumed exceeds the calorie expenditure, and the way to “cure” this is to reverse that so that calorie input is less than calorie expenditure, meaning that the body has to mobilise fat stores to generate calories to use. This is always easier said than done and requires hardwork and dedication over a prolonged period of time to increase activity (and maintain that increase) and to eat a healthier more balanced diet. It’s not easy, but it entirely possible with the right support and desire to achieve it. I agree with Kaitlin that the best way to manage obesity is to prevent it in the first place, but even someone who is obese can be a healthy weight again.

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      Shobhana Nagraj answered on 18 Jun 2019:

      Following on from Kaitlin and Rebecca’s comments, there is an overview of the current management options for obesity here: https://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/weight-management/adult-overweight-obesity/treatment – This expands a bit more on what others have said – hope this helps answer your question!

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      Nina Rzechorzek answered on 19 Jun 2019:

      Great answers from the others, all I’m gong to add is that getting enough sleep is really important to maintain metabolic health. Staying up late at night often leads to increased consumption of sugar just when your body is expecting to be drifting off to sleep – this is a very confusing signal to your circadian system and can seriously disrupt it. Unsurprisingly, there is a strong link between shift work and several diseases including cancer and metabolic syndrome (increased blood pressure, high blood sugar, obesity, and abnormal cholesterol or triglyceride levels) which in itself increases your risk of heart disease, stroke, and type II diabetes. So if there is one piece of advice I would give to help reduce obesity, it would be to get enough sleep on a regular basis. Here is some more info specifically on obesity:

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      Marianne King answered on 19 Jun 2019:

      Everyone has given great answers already so I won’t add much. Increasing the amount of exercise and improving diet and sleep can make such a huge impact on mental health. Good mental health I think helps prevent people from turning to things like unhealthy food or alcohol to make you happy, both of which can make people obese. Being happy can also then encourage you to look after yourself more.

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      Kate Timms answered on 19 Jun 2019:

      As others have said, diet, sleep and exercise are the big things that can help. But really we need to be looking at food producers and advertising, all of which contributes to high consumption of high fat, high sugar foods. For lots of foods, there is no need for them to have as high fat or sugar content as they do. Hopefully there will one day be legislation which tried to controls what corporations can put into food and who they advertise to and how they advertise.

      Fresh, healthy food also needs to be more cost effective and time effective than it currently is. If its quicker and cheaper to eat unhealthily, people will do.

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      Matthew Bareford answered on 20 Jun 2019:

      It comes down to a multitude of things, like the others have pointed out: Diet, Exercise, sleep and surgery. but also mental health. Obesity can also be linked to some ones mental health in many ways, and so this is another factor that needs to be considered when looking at treatment and management options as if you provide treatment/management of the others, but not mental health, then the person may easily relapse. It has to be a very broad approach.