The Story Of Weight

Overweight was rare up until 1960. Especially in children and so in those days most of the overweight children spoke of their thyroid problem. Funny that! The two are rarely related today at least in discussion. In the 1960’s Junk food emerged and flourished maybe a little earlier in the United States.

The foods served on the average family table prior to 1950 included porridge for breakfast, and the cooked meals had a small piece of meat or fish with a pile of vegetables and potato. In the eastern countries it was always rice. Also then processed foods were almost non existent.

So these are the causes of excessive weight gain as we see them.

1 When a person consumes more calories than they burn then the excess calories get stored in the form of fat. Counting calories though is now regarded as a waste of time because of the calorific value of each food having vastly different nutritional significance.

2 The genetic factor does come into play as obesity tends to run in families. If parents are fat then the offspring also show a tendency to accumulate fat. It can only be expected that the diet and lifestyle habits which parents live by when the children are growing will also most likely be followed by the children.

3. Environment. Eating habits are contagious to a large degree and the level of physical activities a person can follow fits a pattern which is popular in a certain area

4 Psychological disturbances.- There is a noticeable and recognised tendency to over eat in response to negative emotions like boredom, sadness, stress or anger . Conversely the brain needs more nutrition than other body parts so if it is low in nutrition then it cannot be expected to perform at peak levels.

5 Diseases and conditions like Hypothyroidism, Cushing’s syndrome, Depression, and certain neurological problems do lead to overeating which in turn leads to accumulation of fat.

6. Medicines such as steroids and many antidepressants may cause weight gain. In fact some cause gross obesity in some people. There is no simple formula although weight gain is listed in the side effects of many popular medications.

7 Binge eating disorder. There is very little known at this time about such disorders which do exist although the addictive nature of some processed foods could be implicated.

8 Finally The selection of nutrition is critical. Such foods as sugar, wheat, soy, vegetable oils, high fructose corn syrup and to a lesser extent dairy, should be eaten in very moderate amounts. If weight gain is suffered, they should be cut out of the diet completely until the person is restored to a satisfactory weight level.