Comments on: Obesity in America What makes a great picture? Thu, 18 Aug 2016 11:13:37 +0000 hourly 1 By: orionciara Fri, 25 May 2012 15:16:21 +0000 If one were to travel to Wisconsin, or even live here, the enormous amount of obese persons, (very young to oldsters), would shock anyone. On top of the Tavern League and various breweries encouraging drinking, the huge meal portions served in restaurants does not lessen the epidemic. Even some theatres are installing wider seats! Buffet restaurants attract those already overweight with unlimited trips and endless hours of commandeering a table. There should be a buffet cut-off point,(as bartenders), or a specific menu for the obese, since this has become a national health crises. Also, the SNAP,(FoodShare Program), should prohibit the purchase of “junk” food, and limit purchases to only fruits, vegetables, meats, dairy, and juices. What is truly incomprehensible is how the obese continue to overeat, and seem oblivious to their own and family’s toxic food choices and gross physical appearance. If there is a medical and/or genetic component, these can readily be addressed by low-income clinics. Perhaps, even the ubiquitious health clubs might promote low-income or no-charge programs, in concert with physicians, to attract the non-exercisers. Nationwide city contests like the successful televison show, “The Biggest Loser,” with good prizes,would bring about a major obesity reduction.

By: hkrieger Thu, 24 May 2012 15:51:50 +0000 A Case of Low Metabbylism:

By: BajaArizona Wed, 23 May 2012 03:52:22 +0000 Thanks for the sensitive portrayal of a serious problem which is causing immense human suffering.

The author did a good job of listing a survey of the reasons people are obese. I wanted to comment on one new line of research that wasn’t included. Scientists are now taking a look at the biological state of the body AFTER weight loss.

Subjects who lose weight by dieting and exercise do not regain the same physiology that they had before they became obese. They report feeling far more hungry and preoccupied with food than before they lost the weight.
While researchers have known for decades that the body undergoes various metabolic and hormonal changes while it’s losing weight, an Australian team detected something new. A full year after significant weight loss, men and women in a study remained in what could be described as a biologically altered state. Their still-plump bodies were acting as if they were starving and were working overtime to regain the pounds they lost. For instance, a gastric hormone called ghrelin, often dubbed the “hunger hormone,” was about 20 percent higher than at the start of the study. Another hormone associated with suppressing hunger, peptide YY, was also abnormally low. Levels of leptin, a hormone that suppresses hunger and increases metabolism, also remained lower than expected. A cocktail of other hormones associated with hunger and metabolism all remained significantly changed compared to pre-dieting levels. It was almost as if weight loss had put their bodies into a unique metabolic state, a sort of post-dieting syndrome that set them apart from people who hadn’t tried to lose weight in the first place.

The lead researcher, Joseph Proietto puts it this way:
“What we see here is a coordinated defense mechanism with multiple components all directed toward making us put on weight. This, I think, explains the high failure rate in obesity treatment.”

For years, the advice to the overweight and obese has been that we simply need to eat less and exercise more. While there is truth to this guidance, it fails to take into account that the human body continues to fight against weight loss long after dieting has stopped. This translates into a sobering reality: once we become fat, most of us, despite our best efforts, will probably stay fat.