The Urban Dictionary of Obesity

The Urban Dictionary of Obesity

Ancient Survival Mechanism: Truth or Illusions

The writings of the ancient civilization has hinted on how obesity will be a danger to health and living. According to Wikipedia the definition of obesity is a health condition where increased fat in the body due to excessive food and lack of exercise negatively affects an individual's health. Obesity falls under one of the easily preventable causes of death from ancient to contemporary times.

Hipprocrates has identified that the risk to health is due to the concept of obesity. Obesity did not exist in the prehistoric time until the introduction of agriculture that leads to sedentary lifestyles and food surpluses. Initially an ancient survival mechanism, today obesity stresses the cells and leads to an extensive slowdown in the burning of fats for energy.

Our brain seems to conspire against us to overeat and the causes are many and might include genes and social classes especially the upper classes. The World Health Organization (WHO) declared obesity as a disease in 1948 highlighting a massive public health related problem. According to the records an American Man by the name of Jon Brower Minnoch was the first obese human weighing 635kg.

Global Epidemic

Obesity becomes a major public health issue and a global epidemic as declared by The World Health Organization (WHO) in 1997. Obesity was declared as a disease in 1998 by The National Institutes of Health. George A. Bray (American Obesity researcher) uses etiology and pathogenesis to classify obesity as a chronic disease with relapsing neurochemicals in the year 2004. There are mainly 6 types of obesity and they are food obesity; nervous stomach thickness, gluten diet, genetic metabolic obesity, venous circulation obesity, inactivity obesity.

Body Mass Index

The Center of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 30 or higher is considered as obese. BMI is the cheapest screening method to gauge obesity and the deciding parameter as defined by the National Institute of Health (NIH). BMI is a number that measures an individual weight that is compared against height. So do not get confused between being obese and fat. Check your Body Mass Index (BMI).

Food Obesity

Food obesity is the most popular and prevalent obesity worldwide. It is due to overeating food and too much sugar intake with little movements. By consuming extra amounts of fat and sugars which were not burned up through exercise and physical activity, these additional energy gets stored up and body fat.

The most dangerous foods that are related to obesity are fast food, red meat, processed and ultra-processed foods such as beverages, chips, sweets, desserts, refined grains, and processed meats.

Nervous Stomach Thickness

Individuals that have nervous stomachs eat sweets to manage their anxiety, stress and depression and this causes the thickness around their stomach. A nervous stomach is also said to be a sign of digestive problems and the symptoms do include butterflies, tightness, churning, cramping and knots in the stomach. It is the way an individual's emotion can have an affect on their body and causes obesity.

Gluten Diet

Adolescent, menopause and hormonal imbalance women are at risk of gluten diet. Gluten diets affect these women because they will become gluten tolerant. So those gluten foods that they eat will not get absorbed and lead to problems such as digestive problems, weight gain, and obesity.

All forms of protein from wheat, barley, rye, and triticale are gluten and by continually eating bread, baked goods, crackers, cereals, pasta, etc causes many problems. Abigail Farrell, an author  advises only one gluten food in one day and this eating pattern benefits the most.

Genetic Metabolic Obesity

Genetic Metabolic Obesity is a condition where an individual's stomach is swollen like a balloon due to accumulation of fats in the middle part of their body. According to The Center of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) it is due to obesity genes and lipid metabolism and the most commonly implicated gene is the gene known as MC4R. Wikipedia states that an estimated 40 to 70 percent of people are affected by the relationship between genes and obesity.

Venous Circulation Obesity

This obesity is the most common type of obesity inherited genetically and it occurs during pregnancy and among people who have swollen legs. The number of people from the population who suffers from venous blood circulation is on the rise due to the abnormality of lower extremity venous blood flow patterns.

Sedentary Lifestyle Obesity

Sedentary lifestyles increase the risk of obesity and according to the national health survey shows Americans are not exercising much and that could lead to the rates of increasing obesity. The extra energy that we consume is not used and is stored as fat in the body and to burn it, we need to be physically active.

So according to The Department of Health and Social Care, by having some kind of moderate exercise at least for 150 minutes in a week will be beneficial. Moderate exercise is able to increase the usage of energy and help people to stay fit or even lose weight or slow down the development of stomach obesity. Being more urbanized seems to discourage physical activity due to environmental factors such a violence, high-density traffic, poor housing, air pollution, lack of proper recreational facilities.

Simple Home Remedies for Obesity

The proper treatment for obesity is changes in lifestyle by adding moderate exercise and trim down diet. But, you can achieve better results by following the home remedies.

These are the easiest and simplest home remedies for Obesity: Wake up early in the morning and after taking a bath, mix the following ingredients in warm water:

  • 2 tablespoons of lime juice and 1 tablespoon of honey and sip the warm water slowly on an empty stomach. 
  • 1 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar with 1 teaspoon of lemon juice and sip the warm water slowly on an empty stomach. 

These simple concoctions are able to burn fat, reduce weight and make one slim. But, this regime must be followed with a light and proper food with some moderate exercise.

How do you have a light and proper diet?

Your daily diet contains more tomatoes, carrots, and dark leafy vegetables. Furthermore, it feels more energizing when drinking green tea and cutting down on sweets and carbs.

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