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I'm Obese, Where Can I Get Support & Help?

Obesity is a tremendous challenge. Your weight is something that affects your entire life. It affects your physical well being. It also affects your mental well being. If you're struggling with obesity consider getting support. The advice, support, and comfort of people who have been where you are can help. The support of people who understand and are also struggling with obesity can make the challenges seem manageable.

Different Types of Support

There are many different types of obesity support. Surrounding yourself with friends, family, and professionals is a sure way to get the help you need. Lets look at the different types of support structures.

Medical Support

The first and perhaps most important is the support you get from a qualified medical professional. It's important to find a physician that is both supportive and knowledgeable. Your doctor needs to understand your health history and present condition completely. From there they can provide the medical advice and support you need to achieve your health goals.

Motivational Support

Losing weight is a tough job. Managing it on your own can be quite difficult. When you surround yourself with people who are rooting for your success it's so much easier to be successful. It's easier to maintain a positive mindset. When you have motivational support you have the resources to fall back on when you're facing difficulties.

So where do you find this motivational support? Friends, family and associates are of course important. However, you may need more motivational support than they can give you. Consider joining a weight loss support group. There are groups that meet online or off. You don't have to go it alone. Find people going through the same challenges and support each other.

Help each other make the necessary diet and lifestyle changes required. Help each other weather the tough times. Celebrate your successes.

Emotional Support

Obesity is an emotional topic. Not only do people have to deal with physical challenges, they have to deal with societal challenges too. And for some obesity is the direct result of emotional eating. Emotional support helps. You can find emotional support in the arms and ears of a good friend. You can also find it from a professional. If you need support, seek it. There's nothing wrong with seeking the advice and insight a professional therapist or counselor can provide.

Obesity can be an all encompassing challenge. Take measures to get all the support you need. Seek medical practitioners that are educated and supportive. Find motivational groups to help you succeed. Enlist emotional support from friends or therapists. Success happens when you surround yourself with the right people.

If you're unsure where to begin to find the support you need, speak to your doctor. They may be able to point you in the right direction.

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