While it’s easy to feel a little guilty when you overeat, what happens if you never actually realize you’re overeating? That may be the case for some obese women.
A recent study by UT Southwestern Medical Center studied the brain activity of 15 obese women with a BMI (body mass index) over 35. The results showed that the women simply never received the bodily cues that tell them they should stop eating when they’re full.
The study compared the obese women to women with a BMI below 25, and the leaner women’s brains reacted to food more negatively after reporting they were full, while the obese women continued to find the food appealing even after reporting the same levels of satiety.
Each of the obese women in the study was a candidate for bariatric surgery. Surgery might be the best way to help these women, because it becomes almost physically impossible to overeat after weight loss surgery.
At the end of the day, obesity will always have a negative overall effect on your health.
“If your BMI is 30 or greater, you are in the obese category,” Dr. Dirk says. “There is no arguing with that number. If your BMI is 30 or greater, it’s time to make a change.”
Dr. Dirk recommends that obese people begin by living a healthier lifestyle that incorporates a meal plan of small portions of fruits, vegetables, lean protein and dairy throughout the day. For people who struggle with recognizing bodily cues that they’re full, this lifestyle change may take a lot of effort, but identifying the problem is the first step to improving your life.
If you’ve tried eating healthfully and exercising and still aren’t seeing results, it may be time to take the next step. Bariatric surgery can help cure diabetes, prevent heart disease, and teach your body how to eat properly. If you’re looking for the new lease on life that a healthy weight can give you, it’s time to contact Dr. Dirk.