It is important that we constantly focus on our our health. Being healthy, following a healthy lifestyle not only helps us look good, but it also helps us feel good as well as helping to minimise the potential risks of a whole range of health issues.
One of the most obvious outward signs of how healthy we are is our weight – sometimes this is measured as our BMI (Body Mass Index), there is a calculation that can be made given your height as to how much you should ideally weigh.
The problem with obesity
The world’s medical experts have identified obesity as one of the major health issues facing us today – particularly in developed countries. Basically we are all getting too fat. The primary cause of this is not following a healthy diet and not getting enough regular exercise. Obesity can cause all sorts of health complications, including diabetes, cardio-vascular disease, and high blood pressure.
The body image challenge
One of the complicating factors when encouraging people to tackle obesity and maintain a health lifestyle is that our perception of beauty, of what a desirable body shape is, is defined by models, celebrities and actors. This promotes a lean and strong physique in men and an extremely skinny physique in women. If achieving physiques like this was as easy as walking into a pharmacy and picking up a pill then we’d all look like an underwear model, unfortunately it’s not. As a result a lot of people are tempted to try all sorts of crazy diets and pills in order to achieve their desired body shape.
The danger of diet pills
Really the only treatment for tackling obesity or being overweight is to follow a healthy diet and to get regular exercise. However the promise of quick fix solutions are incredibly tempting. There is a huge range of diet pills on the market and they can be quite damaging to your health in themselves. A lot of diet pills have side-effects, you have to be sure that they are safe for you to take. One of the major ingredients in diet pills is caffein – in large doses this can be hard for your body to digest. Another product often found in diet pills is synephrine or citrus aurantium – this works in a similar way to ephedrine but has been found to cause digestive problems. If you are sensitive to aspirin, then you also need to check the label of diet pills for willow bark – an ingredient commonly used but with many of the same properties as aspirin. You also need to be careful with diet pills if you are already taking any other medication – the combination of different medications can have disastrous effects. There are generally also lots of ingredients in diet pills that simply haven’t been fully tested – the effects (and potential benefits or dangers) have not yet been fully identified.
If you are worried about your weight then talk to your doctor, have a health assessment, and develop a plan to achieve a more healthy lifestyle.