The Danger of Overweight and Obesity!

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The Danger of Overweight and Obesity!

More people in the world than ever before are considered overweight or obese. This problem has grown to such a level that it has become an epidemic and unfortunately common in modern society. Obesity is defined as having excessive body fat with a body mass index 30 or higher. Most healthy individuals’ BMIs typically fall between 18.5 and 23. BMI is an indicator of body fatness calculated from a person’s height and weight.

BMI=703×weight (lbs.)/height (in.)2

In the U.S., the vast majority of individuals are considered overweight (with a loose definition being a BMI > 25), and more than 1/3 of adults are considered obese.1

Populations in developing countries alike are experiencing this growing trend of becoming more overweight as dietary habits change to include a wide variety of easily accessible, high calorie, processed foods and animal products.

The way one ends up becoming overweight is by regularly eating foods that are low in micronutrients (vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals) and low in fiber, and instead, eating high-calorie, processed, and high-fat foods. Shifting away from our body’s natural attraction for whole natural plant foods and instead towards low micronutrient and low fiber foods creates an addictive pattern to where we do not feel well unless we eat these rich, processed foods with a higher caloric density. The result is lack of instinctual caloric control, and excess fat is stored on the body.

Reconnecting with natural whole plant foods, and including many of the higher micronutrient dense foods (such as in a Nutritarian eating style) will supply important nutrients (besides just fat, protein, and carbohydrates alone) and balance the body’s natural instincts, taking away constant hunger and addictive drives. This makes it much easier to prevent excessive calorie intake and body fat build-up. The result…you lose weight!

References

  1. Ogden CL, Carroll MD, Kit BK, Flegal KM.Prevalence of childhood and adult obesity in the United States, 2011-2012. JAMA 2014, 311:806-814.

https://www.drfuhrman.com/get-started/health-concerns/82/overweight-and-obesity

 

 

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