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OBESITY

Obesity is defined as a person if she or he has excessive body fat that causes them to weigh more than 20% than those of similar age, sex, height and build.

Numerous reports reveal a dramatic increase in obesity in this country over the past twenty years. The ranges may vary a bit but it seems approximately one out of three adults are obese or overweight and approximately 25% of our children are classified with similarly.

Some of the major influences of obesity are:

Sugar dysregulation: Hypoglycemia, Metabolic Syndrome X and diabetes
Stress response: High cortisol levels
Food allergies
Poor eating habits: overeating, emotional eating, inconsistent eating patterns
Bad food choices: “Refined carbs”, trans-fats, processed foods, sugar drinks
Low serotonin levels
Depression (obesity can also lead to depression)/psychological factors
Lack of physical activity and/or aerobic exercise
Socioeconomic factors
Hormonal imbalances
Drug induced
Hypothyroidism/Hypopituitaryism
Maldigestion

Obese and overweight people are at an increased risk for:

Hypertension,
Diabetes
Coronary heart disease
Congestive heart failure,
Stroke,
Gall stones,
Some forms of cancer,
Osteoarthritis,
Hormonal and reproductive issues, pregnancy complications
Psychological disorders

When addressing obesity the following variables should always be considered:

Regulating blood sugar by dietary changes and supplementation
Support adrenal function with stress reduction techniques, supplementation and diet
Eat more consistently throughout the day with smaller portions
Eliminate food allergies, processed and altered foods and drink
Evaluate hormonal system
Address the need for improved digestion and detoxification
Some form of psychotherapy may have a positive impact
Physical activity level

In the year 2000, the Centers for Disease control and Prevention showed poor diet and physical inactivity caused 400,000 deaths, 16.6 percent of the total. At the current rate, it is anticipated by the year 2020, approximately 20% of health care dollars spent on people ages 50-90 will be due to obesity. That is an increase of 50% to current day expenditures.