Addictions

Excess amount of body fat is Obesity. Excess weight of muscles, bone, fat and water in the body (like in body builders and athletes) is not obesity but is overweight. Food has become the worlds worst addiction closely followed by alcohol and medicines. All these create obesity when addiction is part of the equation.

Over weighted and obese persons are at increased health risk than normal persons. They are more prone to chronic diseases like heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, high blood pressure, stroke, and some types of cancer. There are key factors including the type of diet and the distribution of fat in the body. Some fat is necessary. This means in normal conditions the body fat keeps the body moisturised, causes sweating , stores energy, insulates from heat and cold, absorbs shock, and  nourishes bones. Most western nations have established an appropriate scale suited to average semi-tropical conditions. !0% over that in weight is considered obese in statistical analysis. Heavily muscled persons would therefore erroneously be called obese.

The disease statistics further really apply to those with excess fat in combination with unhealthy eating habits. The distribution of fat on the body is a distinguishing factor as well. Women have more body fat than men generally speaking. In women usually the fat accumulates around hips giving them a pear shape. In men it accumulates around belly giving them an apple shape. The obesity related problems start when fat accumulates around waist. Evenly distributed fat over the whole body can indicate a bigger bone structure. stronger physique with reasonable diet etc.

So technically a person could be 15% overweight to be obese but the problem exists and generally throughout the western world obesity levels are around 50% of all adults and approaching that in children.

So what are the causes

1  ADDICTION. Food is the worlds most dangerous addiction. That is right! It is not smoking or drinking or any of the others but food. Why?  Because food causes most disease, Food will cause most nations to reach unsustainable levels of disease and healthcare .  Food will therefore cause most nations to become unproductive within a decade. When a person consumes more calories than he burns then the excess calories get stored in the form of fat causing obesity.

2  The genetic factor does come into play as obesity tends to run in families. If parents are fat then the offspring also show a tendency to accumulate fat. It can only be expected that the diet and lifestyle habits which parents live by when the children are growing will also most likely be followed by the children.

3. Environment. Eating habits are contagious to a degree and the level of physical activities a person can also follow the pattern which is popular in a certain area

4  Psychological disturbances.- There is a noticeable and recognised tendency to over eat in response to negative emotions like boredom, sadness or anger. This leads to obesity.

5  Diseases and conditions like Hypothyroidism, Cushing’s syndrome, Depression, and certain neurological problems do lead to overeating which in turn leads to accumulation of fat.

6. Medicines such as steroids and many antidepressants may cause weight gain. In fact some cause gross obesity. Contact our staff for details.

7  Binge eating disorder. There is very little known at this time about such disorders which are not connected to the previous conditions mentioned.