- Personal Health Information & Self-Help
Obesity, Its Causes and Effects
What Caused this Illness
Malnourishment of the American People
Now here is the decisive factor, I believe that every disease has a cause and effect and obesity relates in some ways to the cause of these diseases.
Illnesses and diseases within a body are caused by one or more deficiencies or excess of deficiencies of any number of vitamins and minerals in the body. An obese person is generally a malnourished person. Malnourishment reaps all sorts of health problems, because the body is lacking certain vitamins and minerals.
Obesity a Major American Health Deficit
I am sure that I am not the only one to write on the subject of obesity and what it does to the human body. A lot of what I think to be true is due to the many years of watching patients struggle with weight loss and the illnesses that obesity has inflicted upon their physical structures. In summation, I too have my own tale of weight loss struggles. While some pros say that obesity is not a disease or illness other professionals say that obesity is every bit an illness.
Obesity is very plain to understand in the fact that when a person consistently eats more calories than they burn off they are going to keep gaining weight and eventually become obese. Another mince on words would be that if a person consumes more calories than they burn off through exercise and simple walking daily their metabolism is not going to burn off the calories they ate. These calories are going to turn to excess fat that eventually causes an overweight problem for that person, thus obesity is born. From what I have read, understand, and learned in nursing and my personal life is if a person is just 30-pounds over their ideal weight range, they are obese.
Obesity-Nothing to be Proud of in the United States
My Problem is not Obesity I am Just too Short
Watching TV, Playing Online Games vs Exercise Starts Early in Life
Eat Meals Until Sufficently Full-Never Gorge at Meal Times
My question is, "If a person drinks in excess every day and cannot go without alcohol they are no doubt an alcoholic, whether they recognize this fact or not. If a person does drugs and cannot go without their fix of drugs, they are a drug abuser. Both of these are illnesses because the body cannot do without alcohol or drugs.
A person who cannot eat normally by eating constantly anything and everything not healthy all day, every day are eventually going to be obese. By eating normally, I am talking about eating a fair share of the basic foods offered on the food pyramid with sensible vegetable or fruit snacks in between meals. Beverages should contain at least 64-ounces of water per day, a sensible amount of coffee or tea, no milk, no sodas, no alcohol and decreased amounts of 100 percent fruit juices.
Can You Pinch Just One Inch of Fat at Your Waist?
When a person gorges themselves at each meal, downs a lot of coffee, sodas, beer and other alcoholic beverages, drinks much less than 64-ounces of water per day, and munches on cookies, potato chips, candy and the like for their snacks, that person is bound to gain weight, until they are over 30-pounds of their ideal body weight range they eventually become obese. Should not that person be considered a Foodaholic? In addition, if alcoholism, and drug addiction is an illness, then my pea brain says the obese person is a Foodaholic, and they have an illness.
- Are you at least 30-pound over your ideal weight range?
- Can you pinch at least one inch at the waist?
Find the Simplest Food Pyramid
I Believe in the Food Pyramid as a Nourishment Guide to Eating
The food pyramid was constructed so that each person feed their body what the body requires in the way of meats, vegetables, fruit, breads and sugar. When a person does not feed their body say, greens, they are going to soon lack the essential vitamins and minerals that fresh greens offer the body to keep it running at optimum levels.
Obesity Generally Points to Malnourishment
Has anyone looked at the fact that an obese person likely are malnourished? People do not become obese by eating all the right foods, in the right amounts and prepared in a healthy manner. People become obese by eating all the wrong foods in excess amounts, prepared in an unhealthy manner, such as eating an abundance of deep-fried foods or fried foods in general and many refined and processed sugars. People who are fighting obesity are fighting many different excesses in life, including the excesses that our packaged and pre-prepared foods in the grocery stores contain. Examples are excesses in sodium, processed sugars, pesticides, preservatives, starches, and lots more. It is safe and easy to assume that people, who are obese, are suffering from many excesses of all the wrong things in their life.
- Significant weight loss or gain
- Dental issues such as bleeding gums
- Decaying teeth
- Osteoporosis (brittle bone disease)
- Loss of muscle mass
- Body weakness
- Impaired judgement
- Impaired reaction time
- Memory loss
- Signs of dementia
- Decreased function of all vital organs, including the heart
- Fluid build up in the abdomen
- Dry skin
Too much of a good thing is not good for the body so people must use common sense to know what the right amounts of anything. People need a lot of water daily to hydrate the body. However, some people have died from drinking too much water.
Everyone needs fresh fruit daily, but too much can cause diarrhea, which in turn can cause dehydration.
Coffee is a Diuretic-Removes Water from the Body
Why Do I have High Blood Pressure and Heart Disease?
I believe that obesity is the basis of illnesses and disease processes from taking hold in the body. I do not believe that obesity causes the illness per say, as there is an important missing factors, such as vitamin deficiencies, because the person is not eating what they should they will eventually deprive their body of these essential vitamins and minerals while gaining weight. This is when illnesses and disease processes take hold in the body.
A deficiency of certain vitamins and minerals will cause a disease. I have listed several ramifications of not getting enough vitamins and minerals from certain food sources as mentioned below. The first is water versus coffee and tea.
Coffee and Tea is considered a diuretic. Coffee draws off water from the body. A lack of sufficient water in the body of at least 64-ounces per day will cause dehydration. Many people are dehydrated and do not know they are lacking sufficient fluids. Insufficient water in the body can induce dizziness, dark colored urine, heart palpitations, muscle cramps, memory impairment and poor judgment mention a few.
We Should Not Need Vitamins if We Eat Correctly
We Cannot See the Damage Inside the Body from Lack of Nutrients-Out of Sight Out of Mind
The list of vitamins and minerals that everybody needs every day for the body to work to its maximum are as follows for starters.
Fat-soluble vitamins such as Vitamins A, D, E and K, are in our food sources and if a person is eating correctly, they should not have to add these vitamins in pill form. If one does take these vitamins on the side, the fat-soluble vitamins can become toxic in the body because the body builds up these vitamins and the person does not eliminate these vitamins in the urine.
Water-soluble vitamins such as Vitamins Thiamin, Riboflavin, Niacin, Vitamin B6, Vitamin B12, Biotin Folate and Pantothenic Acid excrete daily through the urine. There are eight B Vitamins in addition to Vitamin C. Although vitamins do not contain any calories, the foods in which one can get these vitamins do contain calories. In order to get all the necessary vitamins and minerals from vegetables, the vegetable needs to be eaten raw or steamed.
The minerals that the body needs daily are listed as major and minor or trace elements. Some of major minerals include Calcium, Sulfur, Potassium, Chloride, Sodium Phosphorus and Magnesium.
Minerals that the body does not need so much of include these trace minerals such as Iron, Zinc, Copper, Fluoride, Chromium, Molybdenum, Iodine and Manganese.
Many people who are obese suffer from deficiencies. This in itself
is an imbalance of the proper vitamins and minerals in the body and this can
affect all vital organs such as the heart and kidneys.
Food Pantries-A Valuable Commodity
Food Panties are Good and Bad
As much as food pantries are helping people to put food on the table, 90 percent of the people that get their food from pantries are obese because of the foods that the pantry is given to them free of charge. Prepackaged foods and foods high in sodium, and sugars help add up to excess pounds on the body. It stands to reason why the people who have no financial problems to the point that money affects what groceries the buyer can afford to feed their family and themselves more healthy food options. It also stands to reason why the homeless and low-income populace is obese because of the foods they are offered and able to get to feed their families and themselves. It is for this reason that the lower income people and poor income are easily malnourished people.
It is not the obesity that is causing the person's illnesses and health concerns. It is the deficiency of nutrients in the everyday diet that causes many health troubles. If this way of eating does not change, there are many more illnesses that the person will develop, such as, diabetes, high blood pressure, liver ailments and much more.
So Why Do I Have So Many Health Issues?
High Blood Pressure
In order to get a better feel for what I am talking about, ask yourself if your high blood pressure is caused by you being 30-pounds overweight, or does the high blood pressure cause the obesity.
What about a person who has diabetes? Is it the diabetes causing your obesity or is the obesity causing the diabetes. Could it be a vitamin or mineral deficiency, such as, a low level of chromium in the diet?
Brittle Bone Disease
Does obesity cause brittle bones (osteoporosis) or does brittle bones cause obesity? Is it a lack of calcium and vitamin D in the diet?
Another thing to think about is that, no, not every person is going to get diabetes, high blood pressure or brittle bones. Not all people with these health issues are considered obese.
The Effects of Medications Can Cause One to Gain Weight
One must take all factors of obesity and an illness into consideration. Such as when I was on steroids many years ago for recurring bronchitis and asthma, the steroids cause my weight to skyrocket. This factor of steroid use caused me an obesity problem.
Does My Weight Gain Have Extenuating Circumstances?
If a person is a diabetic, there can be other extenuating factors causing that person to be obese at the same time. Which deficiencies and excesses can cause the person with diabetes?
The person needs to look at the whole picture to get a clear-cut answer to their health, wellness and normal body weight.
- However, which factors?
- Which deficiencies and which excesses that cause heart disease also cause obesity?
- Which deficiencies and which excesses that cause diabetes also cause obesity?
- Which deficiencies and which excesses causing cancer cause obesity.
I have believed for a long time that our traditional medical doctors treat the condition and the disease, but not the causes of the disease. The holistic doctor treats the whole person and the cause before they treat the condition and the disease. Many times a person's illness or disease continues on its course, because the doctor does not treat the cause specifically. I have had some doctors tell me that they do not have the time to do all the investigative work entailed to come to a conclusion for causes of a disease. This type of investigative work can be expensive for the person and time consuming if led into the wrong path. Attacking the symptoms and the disease is a quick and easy solution for many doctors yet it does not cure the disease.
Many of our modern medicines and treatments will attack the symptoms of a disease, yet allows the disease process to continue, which makes no sense to me. Many doctors will tell you there is nothing that will tell them what a patient's body is lacking. I do not believe this to be true, as our Holistic Medical Doctor did a hair analysis of our son when he was five years of age. The hair will break down all the minerals and vitamins in the body and lack of minerals and vitamins. The hair also gives the secret away to how much sodium and sugar the person is consuming every day.
I believe that our obesity problem across the United States is due to deficiencies and excesses in a person's body. What is the person doing wrong? Each individual, if strong willed enough do investigative research into his or her own health and well-being.
Never let a doctor tell you that it is your fault for being obese, for being diabetic, for having a heart problem, or cancer. The doctor can fix up with insulin for the diabetes, chemotherapy and radiation for the cancer, Statins for the heart disease, diet and exercise for being overweight, only to keel over with a heart attack. While the doctor is addressing symptoms and disease what is the cause? Identifying the cause can greatly change the course of treatment and medication. Just putting the blame for disease and illness on the patient's shoulders does not answer why. Ask yourself what caused the cancer instead of what cures this cancer.
When a person is obese, it triggers certain conditions such as low self-esteem, depression, low spirits, and the person can become antisocial such as becoming a recluse. It is next to impossible for this person to remedy depression on their own, pick up their spirit, and to join in on social activities.
Chronic illnesses and disease processes stem from years of dealing with an obesity problem, until a serious illness strikes out of nowhere. I believe that if we can take on the challenges of the obesity problem, individual by individual and conquer this illness, we can most likely defeat the chronic diseases and illnesses associated with obesity.
I believe that if we put health and wellness to the forefront of our lives there will be no such thing as chronic illnesses or disease processes in the majority of the populace.