IMSS confirms that obesity is the cause of divorce

It outlines the connection between physical and mental health, its relationship to the work environment and other considerations.

“Obesity is one of the main reasons why people have serious problems in establishing healthy relationships, and this condition often leads to divorce,” said Dr. Enrique Camarena Robles, head of the Quality Department of the Psychiatric Hospital. Héctor Tovar Acosta` from the Mexican Social Security Institute (IMSS).

In Mexico, between 30 and 47% of people with extreme obesity face permanent rejection by some sectors of society, and women are most often questioned because of their excess weight.

Rejection by a partner, combined with others such as rejection at work, often causes feelings of sadness, frustration, anger, low self-esteem, handicap and despair and, in extreme cases, depression, as occurs in 30% of people with extreme obesity or obesity. morbid, he published a statement.

According to a recent study by the Karolinska Institute (Sweden), it was determined that up to 47% of people with obesity have difficulties in establishing a healthy relationship, because they are often victims of abandonment and rejection, especially in sexual activity. , in addition to the fact that this condition can become a reason for divorce.

In Mexico, Camarena stated, “this situation can be extrapolated to people who suffer from extreme obesity, especially women, who are expected to be slim, with curves and who are also required to have greater physical beauty. It is easier for an obese man to marry than for a woman with this condition to have a partner; This is the reality.”

He explained that extreme or morbid obesity is one characterized by 45 or more kilograms above the ideal body weight or more than 50% overweight in relation to size and height.

The individual cannot control this compulsive desire to eat, which is closely related to poor management of anxiety, depression, poorly learned habits within the family and lifestyles; Therefore, the intervention must be multidisciplinary. The treatment of the patient must be comprehensive and progressive, which requires the intervention of dieticians, nutritionists, endocrinologists and psychiatrists, confirmed the specialist.

He explained that when people see that their personal aesthetics are compromised, combined with diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure and the risk of heart attack, they suffer from self-esteem problems. And he pointed out that in our country people struggle with excess weight more for aesthetic reasons than for health reasons.

He added that as for the “magic solutions”, for example, the intake of amphetamines and thyroid hormones, they artificially suppress hunger, which leads to weight loss, but when you stop taking them, the recovery of the body becomes greater. lost kilograms; This is the so-called “rebound” effect.

Obesity is divided into degrees, and for its classification a measure called the body mass index (BMI) is used, which makes it possible to relate weight to height. It is calculated by dividing the weight in kilograms by the square of the height in meters to give a percentage.

A person with extreme obesity exceeds 40 BMI points; For example, someone who is 1.60 meters tall and weighs 102 kilograms would have the following result:
102 = 40.23 BMI
1.60 X 1.60

He also added that in the workplace, obesity is usually associated with frequent health problems; For this reason, companies show little interest in hiring people who could face constant absenteeism, health costs and disability due to being overweight.


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