According to Dr Mumtaz Maher, there are five stages of Living with Obesity:
Obesity is a chronic illness/disease
Denial that obesity may be a real problem or may have serious consequences.
A normal response to this state is to not want to know about it.
Eg: Not wanting to do something about it. Don’t listen to advice. Not weigh yourself.
Anger at the image, anger when pointed at, anger at people wanting (offering) help, anger at the self for not dieting or exercising
Depression is a phase characterized by sadness, sense of loss, despair, anxiety, not being able to wear smart clothes
Shortcuts for the short term include jumping on the treadmill, buying expensive weight loss programmes, supplements
Acceptance: Operate on me tomorrow. Wanting to deal with the problem. This is the best time to counsel and offer help
A patient who is obese and comes for counseling and a patient who is obese and comes for some other problem (the difference)
- Dr Mumtaz Maher, bariatric surgeon