If being overweight were a disease, what would the symptoms be? Would the symptoms be pants too tight, stomach feeling full and uncomfortable, heartburn, indigestion, huffing and puffing when going upstairs? Would the symptoms also be covering up your body with layers of clothing, staying away from places like the gym, feeling embarrassed and ashamed, and being jolly just to take the focus off your weight? What about upsetting issues and faulty relationships that don’t get resolved because you turn to food for relief instead? Are these symptoms as well?
There is of course increased risk for various medical conditions too, each medical condition with its own set of symptoms that grow and become more firmly established as the condition is developing: diabetes, stroke, heart disease, elevated blood pressure, raised levels of triglycerides and LDL, gallstones, sleep apnea, and joint pain.
If being overweight were indeed a disease, with good, first-line treatment you could expect there would be a reduction of symptoms below the diagnostic threshold. In other words, the condition with good treatment would go into remission. Once in remission for a long enough period of time, there could even be a full recovery from being overweight. First remission and then recovery is what you’re aiming for when you take up the weight loss challenge, go on a weight loss routine, lose weight, and then keep the lost weight off permanently.