Overweight and Addicted

Overweight and AddictedAccording to the National Center for Health Statistics 32.7% of Americans are overweight. While that number is staggering, it is less than the total number of Americans who are considered obese. Weight is a prevalent issue in this country, and recent information and statistics have increased everyone’s awareness of this condition. There are many factors that contribute to being overweight including family history, ethnicity, body chemistry and more. Non-physical factors that are a part of many weight problems may include the following:

  • Low self-esteem
  • Embarrassment
  • Lack of confidence
  • Depression
  • Fear of intimacy
  • Loss of control
  • Negative body image

The physical and psychological factors that contribute to weight problems can also contribute to substance abuse issues.

Connection between Weight and Addiction

When you couple being overweight with addiction, the emotions involved are often overwhelming to deal with. If a person is feeling particularly stressed, he or she may overeat. A different stressor may lead a person to take antianxiety medications which may factor into a person’s appetite level. These conflicting strategies to deal with the emotional impact of being overweight and addicted build on one another to create a greater and greater problem. Additionally a person who is overweight may consider using weight loss medications containing amphetamine to lose weight.

How to Stop Being Overweight and Addicted

When struggling with weight and addiction issues, it is difficult to determine how to start addressing these problems. A lack of clear direction towards a healthy life can cause greater stress or lead to feelings of hopelessness. If you, a friend or family member is struggling with being overweight and addicted, one of the most effective things you can do is help them determine the first steps to wellness. Help research treatment options and consider looking into co-occurring treatment that addresses physical and psychological aspects of addiction. Some treatment programs provide an integrated treatment plan that addresses multiple issues simultaneously. Assisting a person with his or her weight problem at the same time that he or she is being treated for addiction gives the opportunity to understand the relationship between the two issues and to work towards resolving them simultaneously.

Be Healthy and Drug Free

Call our toll-free helpline to learn about integrated treatment options that will address physical and psychological issues related to weight and addiction. We are here 24 hours a day, and we want to help you find the right treatment program for you. We are here to help.