Though it is unlikely a “fat” gene causes obesity, there is evidence that a number of genetic factors may influence people most likely to be obese. LPL activity, metabolic rates, hormonal fluctuations in response to the changing of the seasons, distribution of fat, food preferences, and other factors may be influenced by genetics and in turn increase the chances of obesity.
And then there are emotional factors. Many people deal with their anxiety, or rather don’t deal with it, by eating. They raid the cookie jar or the refrigerator when they feel sad, abandoned, or depressed. Eating is often used as a way to stifle feelings rather than acknowledge them. The use of flower remedies and aromatherapy have become powerful tools for balancing out those emotions that might lead to overeating. Curbing obesity has its definite advantages. According to recent studies, “For many obese people, relatively small weight losses—say, only 10 percent of body weight—can correct a tendency toward diabetes or high blood pressure.” (“Research Lifts Blame”) Thus losing only ten to twenty-five pounds can help avert major health risks.
Poor nutrition is the greatest culprit in a majority of weight problems. Knowing the basic facts about obesity, nutrition, and dieting will provide you with the necessary background information you need to begin a truly successful and healthy diet.
Isolating the Cause
Once the cause is isolated and corrected, losing weight and keeping it off becomes a simple process of exercise, food management,and naturally increasing the body’s metabolic rate. This is an approach that can be useful and effective, even for the chronically obese. For these individuals, weight loss is a difficult process no matter what they eat, and no matter how hard they try. The cause may be a chemical imbalance in the appetite control centers of the
brain, genetics, or some unknown factor. An herbal weightmanagement program is especially of value for these individuals,
since they are at a higher risk for medical conditions associated with obesity. They are at increased risk for developing maturity onset diabetes, high blood pressure, degenerative joint disease (osteoarthritis, etc.), cardiovascular disease (heart attacks, strokes, etc.), and numerous other medical problems. Here are nine primary causes of obesity.
1. A calorie-restricted diet from which you may not be getting adequate nutrients
2. Bad eating habits, nutritional deficiencies, or malabsorption
2. Excessive emotional or physical stress
4. Drinking alcohol regularly
6. Food intolerance or sensitivity reactions
7. Heading into, being in the middle of, or recovering from any major medical stress such as surgery or cancer
8. Taking birth control pills
9. Having any psychological disorder, particularly depression.