When I posted “You Lazy Fat Slob – Fat Shaming Weightloss Makes Us Fatter”, I had just seen the fat shaming article and it inspired me to draw the cartoon for that post. What I did not expect were the comments I got and how they would make me rethink some of my preconception and the way I look at myself (being 400 Lbs). Even got some great advice that I wanted to share:
I am in the process of losing weight, and when I start feeling like I’m ugly or I let myself go or people think I’m fat, I try to push those thoughts from my head – GB
In order to become healthy, one must choose healthy goals in nourishment and physical activity. Along with physical activity and proper diet, one other factor is key to long-term success in any diet or weight loss program. What is this key factor… It’s the brain. If you are not mentally ready to lose weight or to start a weight-loss program (NOT A DIET but make health choices) then you’ve already failed before taking your first step toward a healthier you. Mental preparation gears you up for a long-term fight against the
fat obesity. The only problem is when you are living with a mental illness there tends to be many outside factors that could cause failure before you even start.
Let’s get right into it and talk about medication! Yes, it’s true if you live with a mental illness and you are medicated there is a HUGE chance you are overweight. There is an EVER BIGGER chance you dealt with weight issues due to medications during your road to recovery (remission). It could be anywhere from a few pounds to a few hundred pounds. Why is this? As I understand it, it’s primarily because many medications activate a part of the brain (hypothalamus) that is associated with hunger and it triggers a ravenous appetite. There is a common belief that we (peers living with mental disorders/illnesses) have to give up our physical health in order to maintain our mental health. That we HAVE to deal with the side effect of weight gain in order to have a balanced mind without mood disorder symptoms. While this seems true, in my case I gained a lot of weight. I know a lot of peers that have a wider waistline to have more balance. Then, there are many people who take medications but eat right and stay active and they do not gain any weight. Why is that?
I recognize one’s metabolism plays a large part in this process of weight-gain or weight-loss. If you have a naturally high metabolism, the likelihood of you putting on a ton of weight from taking an SSRI, Antidepressants and psychotropics are diminished. That doesn’t mean over time the medications won’t slow down your metabolism. It just means they have a higher chance of not being totally affected by weight gain.
Medications are only one factor slowing down weight-loss. Should you Choose Medications? or Do I choose Weight-Loss? or…adjustments of medications or changing the med that might be triggering the weight gain? You will have consider this with your doctor, but for me, i put my mental health first and now i’m working on my physical health. What other factors must be considered in order to keep on the path to nutrition?