Being overweight is a lot more complicated than many like to make it out to be. Obesity in general has many issues that you can’t see on the surface. Yet general surface solutions are prescribed to people time again and for many, these methods simply do not work.
It looks like now we are finally figuring out why some people react well to one method, while others fail.
A study grouped 4,000 obese adults together, and then separated them into different categories. Here’s how the Yorkshire Health Study labeled the different groups:
Young healthy females – women who were obese, but generally had fewer obesity-related complications, such as type 2 diabetes
Heavy-drinking males – as above, but with higher alcohol intake
Unhappy and anxious middle-aged – predominantly women with poor mental health and wellbeing
Affluent and healthy elderly – generally positive health, but defining characteristics of higher alcohol intake and high blood pressure
Physically sick but happy elderly – older people with more chronic diseases, such as osteoarthritis, but good mental health
Poorest health – people who were the most economically deprived and had the greatest number of chronic diseases.
It’s a very important study as it gets to the underlying cause of why a person is obese, and how they can slim down according to what is going to work specifically for them. Though further research needs to be done to really zero-in on the causes and cures.
These pictures don’t relate directly to the study, but they do give you a great idea of the different types of bodies that hold weight in different places. Recognizing such is very important for learning how to lose your weight.