With the sad news of Jack Osbourne’s diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis, we still have very little information about what causes the disease or how best to manage it.
A 2009 year study by the Harvard School of Public health, reviewed nearly 200 thousand women over 40 years. The results of the study found that young women (18-20) who were overweight were twice as likely to receive the diagnosis, as women who were not overweight.
This puts a very complex cramp on the complexity of obesity in young adults. For some teenagers and young adults exercise and diet are enough for others turning to a weight loss surgery procedure may be the only way out. The procedure is not at all popular by a clinical consensus and raises much questions about the maturity of the patients.
Yet, if some women are predisposed to a potentially life threatening illness due to unmanageable weight, should we consider it as a last result?
Many would say going to a fraternity party is a centerpiece of attending college, not being able to drink large quantities of alcohol for fear of bursting staples can be embarrassing for many. There are many factors that do not only include if the patient would be healthier but strictly on discipline and maturity.
Many adults are ready to take on the changes associated with a gastric bypass because it represents something they are willing to fight for. Are young adults willing to make the same changes?
Of course the links between MS and obesity are not clear, the consensus is the healthier the better. What defines healthy and where do we draw lines?