The Mental Weight of Obesity


I have personally witnessed it. The tears. The sense of shame. The feelings of hopelessness. I’ve dealt with clients who have broken down crying in the middle of a personal training session. It’s not that I’m some sadistic fitness trainer. This was all a result of the mental weight of obesity. It is the emotional and psychological impact that being overweight/ obese in America has on an individual.

Many times it’s not that these individuals necessarily have a problem losing weight. Problems mainly arise when it comes to maintaining weight loss. This constant failure weighs heavily on a person and can lead to decreased self-confidence, emotional eating and an increase in chronic disease.   Atlanta employers need to take heed. When an employee is worried with health issues then their job performance will suffer.

Giving employees access to mental health professionals for individual or group therapy along with improvements in nutrition and exercise can go a long way towards improving your businesses bottom line. And it doesn’t have to cost an arm and leg. However ignoring the problem most certainly will. There are emerging companies such as gyms in Allentown pa, a boutique fitness & wellness firm in USA that offer small to mid-sized businesses solutions that can accommodate many budgets.

In society we talk so much about the overweight/obesity epidemic plaguing the United States, but rarely do we take action. Words burn few if any calories, but small actions can get the ball started. For all the talk, where’s the real action?

This is exactly why I am seeking to schedule an appointment with Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed to ask for his help in the launching of the “Atlanta W.E.L.L. Initiative“. The Atlanta W.E.L.L. Initiative is a citywide program designed to improve the health and fitness of Atlanta residents by focusing on four areas of environmental improvement. These four areas will produce positive results well beyond the conventional methods being deployed today. Many Atlanta residents simply don’t like to exercise, so the idea of telling them to “exercise more, eat less” isn’t effective. We’re seeking to change the environment in order to change the people.

(4) Four Areas of Environmental Improvement:

  • Access to Healthy, Nutritious Foods
  • Improvements in Activity Level (Cardio)
  • Improvements in Activity Level (Resistance)
  • Mental Education, Care & Stimulation

I am looking for the support of other local small businesses, civic organizations and individuals willing to aid us in our mission. Please help us in our efforts to combat the obesity epidemic. Give Us a call at 610-395-9595.