Mental Health & Obesity
The Centers for Disease Control tell us that 93.3 million Americans are obese and as a result are at high risk of developing heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and certain cancers. More than 13 million children are obese and are at risk for even more severe medical consequences, in addition to depression, anxiety and low self-worth. As you can see, there is a lot of work to do.
Remarkably, Americans spent 60 Billion dollars in 2016 on weight loss programs and billions more on fitness programs, trainers and equipment. A study from Brigham and Women’s Hospital, a Harvard teaching hospital, underscores how even our ‘solutions’ have adverse consequences. 60% of gastric bypass patients develop a problem with alcohol or opiates within five years of surgery suggesting that underlying issues like addiction, depression, and impulse control were not adequately treated prior to surgery leaving them vulnerable in ways they could not anticipate.