Obesity

ObesityWhat is Obesity?

Obesity is not a disease. It is a body condition wherein the body stores too much fat in the adipose tissue. The condition is more common in highly civilized societies where the diet is more of a high-fat nature. Western countries, along with developing countries often face the problem of obesity. Anyone could become obese. Men and women, young and old, could all fall victims to obesity.

 

In women, obesity usually occurs after pregnancy. Ordinarily, women gain around 12 kilograms in a span of 9 months. Since women pregnancy also prepares women’s body for lactation, there is also an increase in the adipose tissue, which would act as storage for more fat. So many women would be gaining more weight and in fact would be retaining a part of this weight even after they stopped nursing. Some women who are not able to manage their weight keep on gaining more weight after each succeeding child. The problem is that the weight gained is not so easy to get rid of.

 

For a long time now, obesity has been considered as hazardous to one’s health. Obesity contributes to the development of life-threatening diseases. It requires different body parts to work harder. For instance, the kidneys, heart and liver always suffer when one has more weight than his body could handle. The joints, knees and hips also suffer from much strain when the body has more weight. Some of the diseases that being obese could result to are heart failure, arthritis, high blood pressure, coronary thrombosis, diabetes, and those that affect the gall bladder.

 

What Causes Obesity?

  • Overeating. As the saying goes, too much of something is no longer good. While the body needs food to survive, too much food is already unhealthy. The body has a certain energy requirement that you must meet. However, there are instances when one keeps on eating food in excess of what the body generally requires. Some people may eat too much, while other may actually love consuming high-calorie foods. People who do this usually gain weight over time. They are not able to lower down the energy requirement that their body needs.
  • Disturbances in the pituitary or thyroid glands. These glands are responsible for the release of some hormones that the body needs. When they function wrongly, the result is often an increase in appetite, or the desire to eat more food.
  • Sedentary life. While there are actually people who eat a lot, yet get to maintain their normal weight, it is often because they live an active and healthy lifestyle. They tend to exercise and thereby burn the stored calories in the body. Hence, they do not keep on storing more fat even if they eat a lot.
  • Psychological reasons. People, who are bored, feel unloved or unhappy and discontented often consume a lot of food, which then leads to obesity. These people find comfort whenever they eat.

 

Diagnosis, Signs and Symptoms of Obesity

Excessive weight gain is the only sign that a person has become obese. If you feel that your jeans no longer fit, and the once lose t-shirt has become really tight, then it is best to check if you are overweight or has become really obese. Remember that being overweight does not necessarily mean that you are obese. But a notch higher than being overweight is being obese.

 

Remedies, Treatment and Cure for Obesity

Treating obesity means you have to consider two things: changing your diet and changing your lifestyle.

 

Helpful Lifestyle Suggestions

  • Do not overeat. Since this is the primary cause of obesity, making sure that you do not do this could greatly help your condition. Eat only the food that would sate your hunger and not more than that.
  • Lead an active lifestyle. Take time to exercise. If you have not been in the gym for a long time already, or if you have not done some exercises for a long time, start by taking the time to walk at least 15 minutes each day. Early morning walks or jogs, if you could already manage, could benefit your heart and could help burn calories. If you have already become accustomed to the activity, you could increase the time you spend walking, and later on proceed to more strenuous activities.
  • Be stress-free. Do not worry too much. Be happy. Even if you have problems, try to take it in a stride. Spend time with friends who could cheer you up, or family members who could lend an ear and could give you support. Happy people tend to eat less compared to depressed and anxious people.
  • Chew your food slowly. Some studies have shown that chewing your food slowly could help you feel fuller, and therefore would reduce your appetite for eating more.
  • Wait till you are hungry before you eat. Do not eat out of whim or simply to try out a new food that looks tempting, as seen on an advertisement.

 

Diet for Obesity

  • Take in fruit juices. You can actually fast on fruit juices alone for 7-10 days. Juices must come from fresh fruits or vegetables and not “ready-to-drink” juices. Some great fruits to include are pineapple, grapefruit and orange.
  • Go for an all-fruit diet. After fasting fruit juices, having an all-fruit diet would be great.
  • Do not ever think of eating high-fat foods again if you are already obese. Some of the foods you have to avoid are chocolates, cheese, ice-creamd, butter, fried foods and gravy.
  • Do not eat foods that have high carbohydrate content too. Avoid cakes, cookies, candies, bread, potatoes, sugar and rich puddings.
  • Avoid alcoholic drinks too.

 

Home Remedies for Obesity

  • Honey is one food that could help obese people. It dislodges and mobilizes stored fats, allowing the body to make use of them.
  • Honey lime juice water also helps in treating obesity. Just mix a spoon of fresh honey, lime juice (half of a lime), and lukewarm water. The mixture must be taken in regular intervals.
  • Lemon is also a good home remedy for obesity. Studies have shown that lemons contain tartaric acid, which actually inhibits carbohydrates and sugar from being converted into fat.
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