Monday, November 30, 2009

One in Ten Obese Individuals Think Their Bodies are Healthy

(Dallas Heart Study Summary)

It's important to pay attention to our body weight, as changes can oftentimes be a signal of changes in our health. From time to time, in
paying too close attention to our weight, we can be a bit too critical of our bodies. On the flip side, however, there are some individuals who do not pay enough attention to their weight, or are simply not being honest with themselves, and may overlook some important signs about their health. That's what the Dallas Heart Study has found.

In the study, nearly one in 10 clinically obese individuals thought that their weight was healthy and that they didn't need to lose any weight. In fact, some individuals even felt they could still gain some weight and be OK. Of those individuals, 35% had high blood pressure, 15% had high cholesterol, 14% had diabetes and 25% were smokers. According to Dr. Tiffany Powell, lead author of the study and a cardiology fellow at the
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, "They were also somewhat clueless about taking care of themselves...They did not visit doctors regularly. They did not exercise regularly."

The study begs the question - where is the line that separates a healthy perception of body weight and flat-out self delusion? Obviously culture, media and friends and family have an influence. Ultimately, it's important to make regular visits to your doctor to ensure your body weight is healthy, in addition to being comfortable in your own skin.

Click here to find out more about the Dallas Health Study.