Being Overweight: How This Can Affect You Psychologically

Even now we’re in the year 2016, there is still an undeniable social stigma surrounding weight. This can be seen in schools, where ostensibly ‘harmless’ playground jibes associated with weight are far too commonplace.

It can be seen in the workplace and even within friendship circles, often coated as ‘banter’. Wentworth Miller, an actor who starred as the lead character in the hit series ‘Prison Break’, was subject to a meme that surfaced on social media, appearing to ridicule his weight gain. Miller responded to the jibes with a brave and heartfelt statement on his official website, detailing how he turned to food as a source of comfort during his time battling with depression.

For many, food is a source of escape, a relief from the everyday demands of life. If weight gain is something you struggle with, this is nothing at all to be ashamed or embarrassed about. Throughout the course of this article, we will aim to look in more detail at the psychological effects associated with being overweight.


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When scrolling through the Facebook news feed, it is likely that you will encounter various banal advertisements. Many of these will be centred around ways of achieving the ‘perfect body’. The chances are, at least from my own experience, such advertisements will be accompanied by captions such as ‘Lose weight FAST using these top tips’.

Unfortunately, the vast majority of these adverts are extremely misleading and only serve to compound misery on those who are already struggling with their weight. The celebrity culture that exists within society puts pressure on people to have toned, slim bodies and falling short of this Hollywood image often leads to insecurity.

PsychologicalSFWInterestingly, a recent study carried out by the National Obesity Observatory found that the ‘perception of being obese appears to be more predictive of mental disorders than actual obesity in adults and children’. This goes some way to show that the psychological effects of being overweight are based on individual perception.

Two individuals could weight exactly the same amount, but the psychological effects could be completely different. If you find you are regularly suffering from low mood and this is affecting your sleep, appetite or leaving you unable to perform daily activities, it is important that you visit a doctor.

Being overweight can place a psychological burden on people of all ages. Studies show that children as young as six years old may link excess weight with negative stereotypes, with some going as far as to believe that an overweight child is less likeable. On top of this, emotional comfort can often be sought from food when suffering from a negative mindset. This can lead to a vicious cycle whereby an individual feels down because of their weight, leading them to eat comfort foods and pile on more weight.

You may be wondering if there are products available that can help you lose weight directly. It is important to recognize that there are many fraud websites that will claim to sell weight loss products, but such products could be illegitimate and potentially harmful. INTERPOL, the world’s police organization, seized millions of illegitimate weight loss products as part of an operation targeting bogus medicines.

If the weight loss product you are trying to buy doesn’t require a prescription, then you should approach it with extreme caution. Prescriptions are issued by doctors and then checked by pharmacists, ensuring that the medicines are safe to be taken. Counterfeit products that don’t require prescriptions are therefore not subject to the same rigorous safety checks as prescription medicines, and hence can be potentially harmful.

Clinical studies have demonstrated that people who take Orlistat and sustain a reduced-calorie diet achieve significantly greater weight loss than people who were treated with diet alone. This proves that taking Orlistat is indeed an effective way of reducing weight gain, but a good diet must accompany it. Meals should contain no more than about 30% of calories from fat. One 120-mg capsule should be taken with a glass of water three times a day.

To understand more about how Orlistat aids weight loss, it is first worth taking a closer look at a substance called cholesterol, a waxy constituent made by the liver and also found in some foods. Cholesterol is carried in the blood by proteins called lipoproteins. There are two types of lipoproteins. The first type is HDLs (high-density lipoproteins), also referred to as ‘good cholesterol’ due to their protective functions.

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Orlistat has been proven to help patients lose weight in clinical trials. Orlistat is the generic, non-branded form of Xenical, and is therefore better value for money. Both medicines have exactly the same effectiveness.

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What Is Orlistat?

Orlistat can be used to help with weight loss. Rather than being an appetite suppressant it stops your body from absorbing the fat from food. This process helps the body to lose weight. Orlistat is not a single solution and should be used with a sensible calorie controlled diet.

Orlistat blocks approximately 1/3 of the fat from your food by attaching to enzymes in the digestive system and stopping them from breaking down the fat content of your food. The undigested fat is simply passed through your system.

How to Take Orlistat

The recommended dose of Orlistat is a 120-mg capsule taken with water with each meal that contains fat. You should take Orlistat up to three times a day in conjunction with a reduced-calorie diet. Each time you take Orlistat , your nutritionally balanced meal should contain no more than about 30% of calories from fat.

You should evenly divide your daily intake of fat, carbohydrates and protein over three main meals. Take Orlistat during meals or up to 1 hour after a meal. If you occasionally miss a meal or have a meal without fat, you can omit your dose of Orlistat . Doses above 120 mg three times daily have not been shown to provide an additional weight-loss benefit.

You should try to follow a healthy eating plan, such as one from which no more than 30% of calories come from fat. Following this eating plan will help you lose weight while decreasing some of the possible gastrointestinal effects you may experience while taking Orlistat . You may also need to adjust your calorie intake and/or your activity level, including reasonable exercise.

If your meal contains too much fat, you may experience diarrhoea. In the case of bloody stools, discontinue use and seek medical advice.

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Because Orlistat interferes with your body’s absorption of some fat-soluble vitamins, you should take a daily multivitamin supplement that contains vitamins A, D, E and K and beta carotene once a day at least 2 hours before or after taking Orlistat , such as at bedtime

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The second type is LDLs (low-density lipoproteins), otherwise known as ‘bad cholesterol’ because they can build upon blood vessels. Orlistat decreases the amount of total and LDL cholesterol in the body, therefore helping prevent weight gain and reducing the chances of heart disease. However, Orlistat also interferes with the body’s absorption of some fat-soluble vitamins, and because of this, it is important that you should also take a multivitamin supplement once a day at least 2 hours before or after taking it.

If you are interested in purchasing Orlistat, you can buy the product here at Assured Pharmacy. Upon completion of an online questionnaire, a GMC regulated doctor will issue a prescription that allows you to acquire Orlistat in an efficient, safe and regulated manner. The prescription is sent straight to our pharmacy where it is checked by a qualified pharmacist to ensure the treatment is suitable. Customers who have purchased Orlistat from Assured Pharmacy have rated their experience as ‘excellent’.

We strive to provide a safe, high-quality service at a good price. Whatever you choose to do, please don’t suffer in silence. Being overweight causes major negative psychological effects. It should not give anyone an excuse to demean or bully you, and if you feel like you have been the subject of such behaviour then you should report this immediately.

If you would like to speak to someone in confidence or find out more information about the products we offer, call 01625460621 or email [email protected]. Unfortunately, the modern-day culture that places such a huge emphasis on achieving the perfect image is unlikely to change. However, we don’t want the weight to be an obstacle to being happy, so please get in touch to find out how we can help you here at Assured Pharmacy.


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