Finally Revealed: The Ultimate Truth About Weight Loss And Obesity Your Doctor Is Afraid To Tell You

By on April 17, 2015



A healthy body requires a minimum amount of fat for proper functioning of the hormonal, reproductive, and immune systems, acts as thermal insulation, as shock absorption for sensitive areas, and as energy for future use. But the accumulation of too much storage fat can impair movement, flexibility, alter appearance of the body, and can ultimately lead to ill health.

What Is Being Overweight?

Being overweight is a medical condition in which one has accumulated more body fat/adipose fat than is optimally healthy. Being overweight is common especially where food supplies are abundant and lifestyles are sedentary i.e. without or with irregular exercise.

The accumulation of excess weight has reached epidemic proportions globally, with more than 1 billion adults being either overweight or obese in 2003. In 2013 this increased to more than 2 billion. Increases have been observed across all age groups.

What Is Obesity?

Obesity is a medical condition in which excess unhealthy body fat called adipose fat has accumulated to the extent that it may have a negative effect on health, leading to reduced life expectancy and/or increased health problems.

Relationship Between Being Overweight, Obesity, And BMI

In western countries, if a person's bodyweight is at least 20% higher than it should be, he or she is considered obese. If the Body Mass Index (BMI) is between 25 and 29.9 kg/m2 that is considered being overweight. If the BMI is 30 kg/m2 or over, it’s considered obese. BMI is a measurement obtained by dividing a person's weight by the square of the person's height.

How To Know If You Are Obese?

One of the ways to know if you are obese is using the BMI measurement explained above. Another is to combine this measurement with waist size. People who carry too much fat around the middle, rather than around the hips, are more likely to have health problems.

In women, a waist size of 35 in. (88 cm) or more raises the chance for being obese. In men, a waist size of 40 in. (101 cm) or more raises the chance for this disease.

It is worthy of note that this health problems are seen in people with a smaller waist size as well. In Asian women, a waist size of 32 in. (80 cm) or more raises the chance for obesity. In Asian men, a waist size of 36 in. (90 cm) or more raises the chance for this disease.

What Are The Causes of Obesity?


 Eating unhealthy foods and overeating are easy in our culture today. Many things influence eating behavior, including emotions, habits, and the availability of food

When you take in more calories than you burn off, you gain weight. How you eat, how active you are, and other things affect how your body uses calories and determines whether you gain weight.

Sedentary Lifestyle

Inadequate physical activity increases the risk of being obese. Sitting still causes obesity and may lead to premature death. The risk is higher among those that sit still more than 5 hours per day.

Sitting still is seen to be a risk factor on its own independent of hard exercise and BMI. The more less movement, the higher risk of chronic diseases. People that sit still for more than 4 hours per day have a 40 percent higher risk than those that sit fewer than 4 hours per day.

However, those that exercise at least 4 hours per week are as healthy as those that sit fewer than 4 hours per day.


geneIf your parents are obese, you may have inherited a tendency to gain weight. The family also helps form eating and lifestyle habits, which can lead to obesity.


Our busy lives make it harder to plan and cook healthy meals. For many of us, it's easier to reach for prepared foods, go out to eat, or go to the drive-through. But these foods are often high in saturated fat and calories. Portions are often too large.

Work schedules, long commutes, and other commitments also cut into the time we have for physical activity.

If friends and family eat a lot of snack foods high in saturated fat, eat at irregular times, and skip meals, you probably will too. And if they are not physically active, you may not be either.

Modern conveniences such as elevators, cars, and the remote control for the television—cut activity out of our lives.

Alcoholism, hormonal imbalances, inadequate sleep, metabolic disorders, psychotropic medication, smoking and other stimulant cessation or withdrawal, stress and other illnesses are capable of causing excessive weight gain.

Problems That Can Be Caused By Obesity

Risk of developing physical and mental conditions

Obesity increases the risk of many physical and mental conditions. These comorbidities are most commonly shown in metabolic syndrome, a combination of medical disorders which includes: diabetes mellitus type 2, high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, and high triglyceride levels.

Complications are either directly caused by obesity or indirectly related through mechanisms sharing a common cause such as poor diet or sedentary lifestyle.

The strength of the link between obesity and specific conditions varies. One of the strongest is the link with type 2-diabetes. Excess body fat underlies 64% of cases of diabetes in men and 77% of cases in women.

Health consequences fall into two broad categories: those attributable to the effects of increased fat mass -such as osteoarthritis, obstructive sleep apnea, social stigmatization; and those due to the increased number of fat cells-diabetes, cancer, cardiovascular disease-heart disease, high blood pressure, and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. Increases in body fat alter the body's response to insulin, potentially leading to insulin resistance. Increased fat also creates a proinflammatory state, and a prothrombotic state.


Obesity is one of the leading preventable causes of death worldwide. Large-scale American and European studies have found that mortality risk is lowest at a BMI of 20–25 kg/m2 in non-smokers and at 24–27 kg/m2 in current smokers, with risk increasing along with changes in either direction.

In Asians risk begins to increase between 22–25 kg/m2. A BMI above 32 kg/m2 has been associated with a doubled mortality rate among women over a 16-year period.

In the United States, obesity is estimated to cause 111,909 to 365,000 deaths per year, while 1 million (7.7%) of deaths in Europe are attributed to excess weight. On average, obesity reduces life expectancy by six to seven years, a BMI of 30–35 kg/m2 reduces life expectancy by two to four years, while severe obesity (BMI > 40 kg/m2) reduces life expectancy by ten years.

How To Help Overweight Children

"Overweight" and "at risk of overweight" are terms sometimes used when referring to children who weigh more than expected. Doctors use the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention growth charts or the Body Mass Index (BMI) to measure a child's weight in relation to his or her height.

If you have concerns that your child is overweight or at risk of becoming so, first ask your doctor to review your child's growth charts and medical history with you.obese child

If your child's BMI has been high on the growth chart from birth, this may be his or her healthy size and growth rate. He or she may simply be bigger than other children of the same gender and age.

Finally Revealed: The Ultimate Truth About Weight Loss And Obesity Your Doctor Is Afraid To Tell You

If your child's BMI pattern has suddenly jumped from a lower range to a higher range on the growth chart, your child may be at risk of becoming overweight. Your doctor will carefully track growth over time, watching for a change in the rate of weight gain.

If your family has a history of obesity, your child has a higher risk of becoming overweight.

Sometimes a child's BMI and weight can increase without a child being at risk of having too much body fat. For instance, before and during puberty it is normal for children to have a significant gain in weight before they begin to grow in height. Also, children who are very muscular such as children who are very active in sports, may have a high BMI but have normal or even lower-than-normal amounts of body fat.

If your child's BMI and growth pattern suggest a weight problem, your doctor will give your child an exam that looks for health problems that can cause weight gain. This may include questions about eating and physical activity habits.

Regular checkups for health problems will also be important over time.

How To Avoid Being Obese And Overweight

Simply Follow dietary guideline for sound health and recommendations from Health Insurance Center

A Look At The Dietary Guideline

To prevent diseases, The Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend eating lots of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat or nonfat dairy products.

The guidelines emphasize:

Balancing the food you eat with your activity to reach and stay at a healthy weight.

Drinking alcohol in moderation, if at all.

Limiting foods high in salt, saturated fat, trans fat, cholesterol, and added sugar.

These guidelines from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) are updated every 5 years to promote health and reduce risk for major chronic diseases.

Did You Know?

Under the Affordable Care Act, many health insurance plans will cover preventive care services, including obesity screening and nutrition

The Health Insurance Center recommends the following for the general public:

Balancing calories

•    Enjoy your food, but eat less.

•    Avoid oversized portions.

•    Prevent and/or reduce overweight and obesity through healthy eating and physical activity.

•    Control your total calorie intake to manage your weight. For people who are overweight or obese, this means eating fewer calories from foods and drinks.

•    Increase your physical activity, and reduce the time you are not moving.

•    Eat enough calories, but not too many, during each stage of life—childhood, adolescence, adulthood, pregnancy and breast-feeding, and older age.

Foods to increase

•    Make half your plate   fruits and vegetables.

•    Switch to fat-free or low-fat (1%) milk.

•    Eat more vegetables and fruits.

•    Eat different vegetables, especially dark-green, red, and orange vegetables; beans and peas.

•    Eat at least half of all grains as whole grains, replacing refined grains with whole grains.

•    Eat more fat-free or low-fat milk and milk products, such as yogurt, cheese, or fortified soy beverages.

•    Eat different protein foods, such as seafood, lean meat and poultry, eggs, beans and peas, soy products, and unsalted nuts and seeds.

•    Replace some meat and poultry with seafood.

•    Replace protein foods that are higher in solid fats with choices that are   lower in solid fats and calories and/or are sources of oils.

•    Use oils to replace solid fats, like butter, where possible.

•    Choose foods that provide more potassium, dietary fiber, calcium, and vitamin D. These foods include vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and milk and milk products.

For pregnant women:

•    Eat foods that supply the type of iron that is more easily absorbed by the body. Examples are fish, poultry, and meat.

Eat foods that are other sources of iron, such as lentils, beans, cereals, and grains.

•    Eat foods that help the body absorb iron, such as foods rich in vitamin C.

•    Get enough folic acid (from fortified foods and/or supplements).

For women who are pregnant or breast-feeding:

•    Eat 8 to 12 ounces of seafood a week. Vary the types of seafood you eat.pregnant woman

•    Avoid mercury in fish by limiting white (albacore) tuna to 6 ounces a week and by not eating tilefish, shark, swordfish, and king mackerel.

•    If you are pregnant, take an iron supplement as recommended by your doctor.

For people 50 years and older:

•    Eat foods fortified with vitamin B12, such as fortified cereals, or take dietary supplements.

Foods to reduce

•    Compare sodium in foods like soup, bread, and frozen meals—and choose the foods with lower numbers.

•    Drink water instead of sugary drinks.

•    Reduce daily sodium intake to less than 2,300 milligrams (mg). Further reduce daily salt intake to 1,500 mg if you are older than 50, or if you are any age and you are African American or you have hypertension, diabetes, or chronic kidney disease.

•    Reduce calories from saturated fats to less than 10% of total calories by replacing them with unsaturated fats: monounsaturated and polyunsaturated.

•    Eat less than 300 mg a day of dietary cholesterol.

•    Limit Trans fats, which are in partially hydrogenated oils and other solid fats.

•    Reduce the intake of calories from solid fats and added sugar.

•    Limit foods that contain refined grains, especially refined grain foods that contain solid fats, added sugars, and sodium.

•    If you drink alcohol, drink in moderation—one drink a day.

Healthy Eating Patterns

•    Choose a type of eating that gives you enough nutrition but not too many calories. Examples include the   DASH diet, Mediterranean-style eating, and vegetarian.

•    Remember to count the calories in what you drink.

•    To reduce the risk of foodborne illness, follow food safety recommendations when preparing and eating foods.


Remedies/Treatments for Obesity

The treatment for obesity and being overweight boils down to proper diet and regular physical exercise. Because of these risks, it is important to lose weight even if you don't feel bad now.

It is hard to change eating habits and exercise habits. But you can do it if you make a plan. Basically eating several balanced meals dispersed through the day, with a combination of progressive, primarily aerobic, physical exercise is recommended.

Get medical help

Treatment for obesity will be most successful if you create a long-term plan with your doctor/dietician.

A reasonable goal might be to begin making lifestyle changes by increasing physical activity and eating healthy foods. Your initial goal should be to improve your health, not to achieve an ideal weight.

Guidelines suggest a goal of losing 10% of your body weight in 6 months.

Your doctor may also suggest counseling if you use food to cope with depression, loneliness, anxiety, or boredom, you need to learn new skills to deal with those feelings.

Dietary changes

Eating fewer calories while increasing activity is the best way to lose weight. Focus on smaller portion sizes.

People often convince themselves that they don't overeat. Keeping a food journal can help you find out how many calories you consume in a day. Then you can set a goal with your doctor or dietitian according to your needs.

Note that limiting your calories to very low levels might seem like the way to quick weight loss, but it can have serious negative effects on your body and your ability to keep the weight off.

Limiting calories and portion size and not limiting the types of foods you eat causes more weight loss over the long term. For example, cutting only carbohydrate or fat will not cause any more weight loss than a healthful eating plan.

Eat healthier foods, don't diet

Rather than focusing on a particular type of diet, try to eat healthier foods. Don't try to restrict the foods you love. Eat less of them in smaller portions.healthy food

Take a look at the dietary guidelines for good health.

A dietitian can show you how to make healthy changes in your eating habits and help you recognize hunger signals.

Get active and exercise

The more you move your body the more calories you burn. To lose a kilogram of fat you need to burn 8,000 calories (1 pound of fat = 3,500 calories).

Walking briskly is a good way to start increasing your physical activity if you are obese. Combining increased physical activity with a good diet will significantly increase your chances of losing weight successfully and permanently!

Try to find activities which you can fit into your daily routine. Anything that becomes part of your daily life, weaved into your existing lifestyle, is more likely to become a long-term habit. For instance, if you use an elevator, try getting off one or two floors before your destination and walking the rest. You could try the same when driving your car or taking any form of public transport – get off earlier and walk a bit more.

If any of your regular shops are within walking distance, try leaving your car at home. Several surveys indicated that the majority of urban car trips outside the rush hours are less than a mile long, you can walk a mile, and you should.

If you are very obese and unfit, or have some health problems, make sure you check with a health care professional before increasing your physical activity.

One response that has been adopted by many organizations concerned with health and environment is the promotion of active travel, which seeks to promote walking and cycling as safe and attractive alternatives to motorized transport. Increased activity may include doing activities that a person enjoys, such as walking with a friend or playing in a sports league.

Can you treat obesity with medicine and surgery?

Surgery and medicines don't work by themselves. Most people also need to make changes in what they eat and how active they are.

Before your doctor will prescribe medicines or recommend surgery, he or she will probably want you to work on healthier eating and activity for at least 6 months.

Even if your doctor gives you medicines or recommends surgery, you will need to keep your new healthy habits for the rest of your life.

Tried diets, but you always gain the weight back. Here is what you can do?

Focus on health, not diets. Diets are hard to stay on, the process gets monotonous, and usually don't work in the long run. It is very hard to stay with a diet that includes lots of big changes in your eating habits.

Instead of a diet, focus on lifestyle changes that will improve your health and achieve the right balance of energy and calories.

To lose weight, you need to burn more calories than you take in. You can do it by eating healthy foods in reasonable amounts and becoming more active. You need to do this every day.

Little steps mean a lot. Losing just 10% of your body weight can make a difference in your health.

Make a plan for change. Work with your doctor to create a plan that will work for you. Ask family members and friends for help in keeping with your plan. Ask your doctor to recommend a dietitian to help you with meal planning.

When you stray from your plan, don't get upset. Figure out what got you off track and how you can fix it.

How follow through on your plan be healthy?

It's hard to change habits. You have to be ready. Make sure it is the right time for you. Are you ready to make a plan and stick to it? Do you have the support of your family and friends? Do you know what your first steps will be? Becoming healthier and staying that way is a lifelong effort.

Most people have more success when they make small changes, one step at a time. For example, you might eat an extra piece of fruit, walk 10 minutes more, or add more vegetables to your meals.

Studies show that people who keep track of what they eat are better at losing weight. Keep a notebook where you can write down everything you eat and drink each day. You may be surprised to see how much you are eating. Use a calorie counter to add up your calories. You can find calorie counters online and at bookstores.

As you keep track of calories, look at whether you skip meals, when you eat, how often you eat out, and how many fruits and vegetables you eat. Keep track of when you eat beyond feeling full and if you eat for reasons other than being hungry. This will help you see patterns that you may want to change.

You may want to write down the amount of physical activity you've had each day and compare the calories you burned to those you took in.



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