People come in all sizes: short, tall, skinny, and fat; but have you noticed
that there are more fat than lean people in the world? However, we don't
call them 'fat' anymore. We call them 'obese,' a term that is perhaps
more socially acceptable though it smacks with a measure of political
correctness. After all, who likes to be fat? No matter what you call it
or how you look at it (literally), fatness is still considered to be a social
ill, being indicative of an errant lifestyle, a sign of over indulgence,
sloppiness, and carelessness.

It is obvious that the widespread incidence of obesity in America is
overwhelming. With statistics 'off-the-charts,' health enthusiasts and
medical professionals classify obesity as an epidemic that is tantamount
to being a medical emergency, for being overweight is shown to cause
numerous health problems, many of which can be life-threatening.
Thus for the sake of wellness if not survival, the issue of obesity is
being addressed more openly and directly as many sufferers of this
malady are facing the facts about their fat and doing something about it.

OBESITY: What is it?
The body was designed to be perfectly balanced so that all systems
can function properly. If one part of the body is imbalanced, however,
the body's ability to perform well is compromised. One example of
imbalance is excess weight, i.e. having a weight that the body was
not designed to structurally support. In medical terms being overweight
is called obesity and is defined as having excess body fat, a condition
that is potentially unhealthy and therefore should be corrected.

The body's ratio or mass of fat can be measured by ultilizing what is
called the Body Mass Index (BMI). This Index equates a person's
weight in kilograms (kg) divided by their height in meters (m) squared.
The BMI is used by medical professionals to help determine whether
a person's weight is healthy or unhealthy. Someone with a high reading
on the Body Mass Index is considered to be obese while a low BMI
reading can indicate a risk of anemia, osteoporosis, and/or malnutrition.

Generally speaking, an adult who has a BMI of 25-29.9 is overweight,
and an adult who has a BMI over 30 is obese. A person with a BMI of
18.5-24.9 has a normal weight. A person is morbidly obese (extreme
obesity) if his or her BMI is over 40.

OBESITY: The facts
The growing incidence of obesity has spawned numerous studies
which serve to raise awareness of the problem by educating the
the public. Combined research shows:

  • Worldwide obesity has nearly doubled since 1980.
    An increase of 100%

  • In 2008, more than 1.4 billion adults, 20 and older,
    were overweight. Of these over 200 million men and
    nearly 300 million women have obesity.

  • 35% of adults aged 20 and over were overweight in 2008,
    and 11% were living with obesity.

  • 65% of the world’s population live in countries where
    overweight and obesity kills more people than underweight.

  • Overweight and obesity are the fifth leading risk for global
    deaths. At least 2.8 million adults die each year as a result
    of being overweight or obese.

  • 44% of the diabetes burden, 23% of the ischaemic heart
    disease burden and between 7% and 41% of certain cancer
    burdens are attributable to overweight and obesity.

  • More than 40 million children under the age of five were
    overweight in 2011.

According to data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination
Survey ( 2013–2014):

  • More than 1 in 3 adults were considered to be overweight.

  • More than 2 in 3 adults were considered to be overweight
    or have obesity.

  • More than 1 in 3 adults were considered to have obesity.

  • About 1 in 13 adults were considered to have extreme obesity.

  • About 1 in 6 children and adolescents ages 2 to 19 were considered to have obesity.

OBESITY: The health risks
Contrary to popular belief, obesity is more than cosmetic. It is
considered to be a serious medical condition because it can
lead to chronic illnesses such as

  • diabetes

  • high blood pressure

  • high cholesterol

  • cardiovascular disease

  • heart disease, heart attack

  • congestive heart failure

  • stroke

  • gallstones

  • digestive disorders

  • hormonal imbalances

  • behavior disorders

  • cancer

  • gout, gouty arthritis

  • degenerative arthritis

  • sleep apnea

Obesity can also cause emotional problems and can, in extreme cases,
compromise the body's ability to move. Reports exist of people weighing
upwards of 1,000 pounds who have been forced to live (and die) in bed.

OBESITY: The cause
The underlying cause of weight problems is not a mystery. Research
and personal experience prove that being over weight or obese is due

  1. Poor Diet- cooked, processed, animal-based foods that
    lack fiber; eating too many bad carbohydrates like refined
    food products: baked goods, sugary snacks, desserts,
    pasta, pasteries, etc.

  2. Lack of exercise- primarily a sedentary lifestyle

  3. Hormonal imbalance- under-performing endocrine
    system resulting in low adrenal/thryoid/pancreas=
    lack of sufficient hormones to maintain proper
    metabolism, digestion, etc.

  4. Genetic predisposition- a hereditary trait

  5. Stress- often leads to emotional eating/over eating
    of unhealthy foods

While all the above causes are fact, it can be rightfully said that
the primary cause of obesity is poor diet, the Standard American
Diet being the leading culprit. The SAD is a fiberless diet, consisting
of meat, bad carbohydrates, and mostly man-made foods that contain
additives (Mono Sodium Glutamate -MSG, Apartame, chemical-based
food colorings, etc.) which scramble the body's hormone balance.
These additives, along with soy products, adversely affect the body's
endocrine system. Low adrenal, thyroid, and pancreas function slow the
body's metabolic rate which causes weight gain. Weight gain usually
leads to less mobility which only exascerbates the problem. Thus poor
diet along with lack of exercise are found to be the leading cause of
chronic weight problems.

OBESITY: The solution
Obesity is not incurable. Two solutions exist: a natural or a medical
approach. It is surprising but true that given the right food, the body
will naturally find its ideal weight, so solving weight problems the natural
way proves to be the best option.

  1. Improve your diet, start eating fiber-rich, living foods: raw
    fruit, vegetables, seeds, nuts, sprouted grains. Eliminate
    cooked, processed, and animal-based foods (seafood,
    dairy). Eliminate sugar. Eat healthier snacks. Start a juicing

  2. Probiotic- increase digestive function by eating fermented
    foods such as kimchi, sauerkraut, miso, kombucha

  3. Exercise- start a moderate, daily exercise routine: stretching,
    walking, rebounding.

  4. Get more sleep- adjust your lifestyle to experience 7-9 hours
    sleep, preferrably at night

  5. Reduce stress- eliminate stress factors in your life; learn to
    relax, practice deep breathing.

  6. Supplement- Consider adding Vitamin D3, C and other essential
    body-building supplements like Iron, B12, Bcomplex.

  7. Practice healthy dining- avoid distractions such as TV,
    computer, and reading materials. Eat at a table, enjoy your meal,
    stop eating when you begin to feel full.

  8. Find support- Enlist friends, family, and possibly medical
    professionals to help support your weight loss program. Find
    local support through weight-loss groups.

There are medical routes one can take to solve obesity, the most
popular is Gastric By-Pass surgery which enables food to bypass parts
of the digestive system, specifically the first part of the mid-section of
the small intestine. It may also reduce the size of the stomach. This surgery comes with risks as it (a.) does not always solves obesity,
(b) it is irreversible, and (c) is known to cause vitamin and mineral
deficiencies, since the body can no longer absorb many nutrients.
Medical professionals recommend this surgery for people who have
a BMI of 30 or higher. It is important to note that many people suffering
obesity have opted to solve it with Gastric By-Pass surgery only to be
disappointed that it did not solve their weight problem but in fact caused
addtitional health problems.

Apart from surgery, there are pharmaceutical drugs available that
aid but do not solve weight problems, especially obesity. These drugs
are usually appetite suppressors. Before submitting to any drug or
Gastric By-Pass surgery, individual research and discretion is

Obesity is a modern-day malady that is widespread. It is a silent
killer that deserves attention from a healthy standpoint. It is a proven
fact that obesity can be naturally solved and prevented, but it requires
personal in put, taking daily responsibility to 'face the fat' and do
something about it.

While 'bigger is better' is a popular catch-phrase, it is no excuse for
being obese nor should the widespread incidence of obesity be taken
as a sign that it is fashionable to be fat. Sadly, the growing population
of over-sized people has spawned many new industries such as
super-large clothing lines, furniture, and mega-big coffins to bury
the obese.

There are trucks that are built to carry over-sized loads down the
highway, but the human body is not built to carry extra weight. Many
have discovered this the hard way by suffering serious health
problems that eventually caused their death.

Obesity is nothing to fool around with. For awhile it may seem jolly
to laugh with a belly that shakes like a bowl full of jelly, but excessive
weight can kill. It is a ticking time bomb that can go off at any time.
Better it is to defuse the obesity time bomb before it explodes. The
life that you save could be your own.

Eat your way to your ideal weight the natural way!


Recommended resources:

Weight Loss Testimonies from MyHDiet.com.

Sick, Fat, and Nearly Dead- A documentary by Joe Cross


LIVING Letter #117 / Index