Thursday, May 9, 2019

Losing Weight and Having Community Support

I was compensated by Med-IQ through an educational grant from Novo Nordisk to write about the realities of obesity as a chronic disease. All opinions are my own. This is a sponsored post.

One of the reasons I was asked to work with Med-IQ on this campaign about obesity is because I’m a public health professor. The reason I really wanted to do it is because for the past couple of years, all of us who hang out together on the Rants from Mommyland Facebook page, or more recently in the Rants private group, have been each other’s health accountability buddies. 

It usually starts in January, when the busy holiday seasons ends and we all catch our breath for a minute. Then I get one of those annoying post cards in the mail, reminding me it’s time to get my feet cleaned or get a mammogram. So I start posting about it and my online friends post back. 

We’re (most of us) parents. And that means we put everyone else first and our own best interests last. One of the things that Med-IQ stressed in discussing obesity was the “importance of supportive relationships and a sense of community in successful health and weight management.  Involve others in healthy behaviors, such as walking with friends or exercise buddies or cooking with family.”

We know this is true because when we have accountability to each other, taking care of our health becomes easier to do. If you’re trying to lose weight, make sure you have support from those around you. If your family, friends and co-workers are there for you, encouraging you on the way - that’s awesome. But sadly, it’s not always that easy, for a variety of reasons.

If you’re making the effort and feel like you’re not getting support in your “real” life, find a group online and let them be your social support to make healthy changes. Make sure the group is well-moderated and has clearly stated rules. I would advise avoiding any weight loss groups where lay people attempt to give medical advice, and try to find one that’s about encouragement and sharing things like recipes and ideas for staying motivated.  

For example, this Obesity Action community page is dedicated to helping people who are trying to manage their weight and looking for positive support:  

There are also paid apps and groups (like Weight Watchers or Noom) and a million free groups on Facebook and other social sharing sites. If you’re not getting the support you need in your real life, you really can find it online provided you do your homework first.

There’s a survey, you guys! It includes further education on the topic and will take less than 15 minutes. 

Once you've completed the survey, you will be asked to provide your email address if you’d like to be entered into a drawing administered by SOMA Strategies to win 1 of 10 $50 VISA gift cards. If you choose to enter, your email address will not be sold, kept, or stored; email addresses are used only to randomly draw the winners and notify them of their prize. 

Survey responses are anonymous and will be shared only in aggregate. Your responses to these survey questions will provide Med-IQ with important information about your experiences with obesity and your care team, which will help them develop future educational initiatives for healthcare providers to improve care.

Med-IQ is an accredited medical education company that provides an exceptional educational experience for physicians, nurses, pharmacists, and other healthcare professionals.

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