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The underwater diving and the fight against obesity


Diving can aid in combating obesity as it is an intense cardiovascular exercise that burns calories. Additionally, it also provides an entertaining activity that can encourage individuals to move and be more active. Maintaining a healthy and balanced diet is crucial to maximize the effects of exercise on weight loss.

Is diving recommended for obese individuals?

Scuba diving can be adapted for obese individuals, but there may be additional safety considerations due to potential comorbidities. Therefore, it is important to consult with a doctor before starting any physical activity, including scuba diving, to ensure it does not pose health risks.

The comorbidities associated with obesity include:

  • Cardiovascular diseases: may be a concern for divin
  • Type 2 diabetes: may pose an issue for diving
  • Hypertension (High Blood Pressure): can be a problem for diving but often possible if blood pressure is well regulated.
  • Sleep apnea
  • Joint diseases: Thanks to the buoyancy of the water, movements are simplified.
  • Cancer : See our article on diving and cancer.
  • Liver diseases (fatty liver): to be discussed with your doctor.
  • Psychological illnesses (depression, eating disorders) : la plongée est un très bon outils à ce niveau
  • Infertilité

It is important to note that obesity can lead to an increased risk of developing these conditions and may also worsen existing health issues.

It is also important to note that scuba diving may require more physical effort than some other sports due to the demands of breathing underwater and handling equipment. Individuals with obesity may have cardiovascular issues, difficulties in breathing, and challenges in moving in the water, so it’s crucial to ensure that their physical condition allows them to participate in this activity.

It is also crucial to ensure that the equipment used is suitable for the needs of individuals with obesity, such as larger diving suits or properly adjusted weight belts. Additionally, it’s important to ensure that individuals with obesity are guided by experienced instructors who are aware of their specific needs.

In summary, scuba diving can be adapted for individuals with obesity, but it is essential to consult a doctor before starting this activity, taking into account safety considerations associated with it.

The Bathysmed Diving Protocol and Obesity

La plongée Bathysmed peut aussi avoir des avantages sur l’Obésité et l’alimentation émotionnelle. Les premiers résultats sur la réduction des niveaux de stress lors d’une étude menée en 2022 (ObéDive) par Bathysmed auprès de 34 personnes souffrant d’obésité a montré des effets positifs et très encourageant, surtout au niveau de l’alimentation émotionnelle.

What is emotional eating?

Emotional eating is an eating behavior where individuals eat to manage their emotions rather than to satisfy physical hunger. People who engage in emotional eating often use food to cope with emotions such as sadness, anxiety, anger, or boredom. This type of eating can be frequent and uncontrollable and may lead to overweight and health issues such as diabetes and heart disease.

There are several reasons why people may resort to emotional eating. Some may use food to comfort themselves when feeling lonely or stressed. Others may have unfavorable eating habits related to childhood experiences or eating disorders such as anorexia or bulimia.

It is important to note that emotional eating is not a recognized medical condition, but it can be a behavior associated with other mental disorders such as depression or anxiety disorders. Therefore, it is crucial to consult a mental health professional to discuss the causes and treatments of this eating behavior.

There are strategies to manage emotional eating, such as practicing mindfulness, cognitive-behavioral therapy, regular exercise, and stress management, which can help individuals identify and manage the emotions that lead them to eat inappropriately.

The use of the Bathysmed protocol is particularly recommended as it combines

  • the practice of physical exercise – facilitated by the state of weightlessness underwater
  • Practice of meditation and mindfulness techniques
  • Learning stress management techniques
  • Increase in basal metabolism thanks to the underwater environment

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