The Difference Between being Overweight and Obesity- How can I Tell?
What is the difference between being overweight and obesity?
Most of my patients use the word “overweight” and “obesity” interchangeably. The two words are not synonymous.
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What is a gland?
The human body contains many glands. They are small sac like structures, each of which secrete various substances. Some called endocrine glands secrete hormones. The glands which are associated with obesity are: the pituitary, which is located at the base of the brain; the thyroid,located in front of and on either side of the windpipe ; the adrenals, two small glands located above each kidney ; the pancreas, lying behind the stomach ; and the sex glands – the ovaries in females and the testes in males. The secretions of each of these glands are important in relation to your individual body chemistry. Each of the secretions of all your glands perform a specific function for your body. Some of these function relate to obesity.
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What takes place in the body when I eat and drink ?
Let us understand what takes place in the body when you eat and drink.
Chewing and swallowing : you take food into your mouth, grind it up and swallow.
Digestion : you break down food into small components.
Absorption : you take these small components from the gastro-intestinal tract into your blood stream.
Assimilation : you reassemble these small components in the liver and use them as building blocks.
Excretion : you get rid of waste materials by breathing, perspiring, urinating or defecting.
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Does obesity begin in the mind?
William Shakespeare’s Julius Ceasar says : “Let me have such men about me as are fat and sleek, and sleep well o’nights. You Cassius have a lean and hungry look – such men are dangerous.”
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Doctor, in my case obesity runs in the family. What can I do?
It is possible that obesity could run in a family. But it is of utmost importance to understand the reasons which collectively make this mere possibility into a harsh reality as in the case of Mr. R.K.
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What Some People Believe and the Truth My Aunt says that ‘Lemon Juice’ helps in losing weight :
According to many aunts and grandmothers, lemon juice will help you lose weight. They can’t tell why they believe this, possibly because they heard it from someone, somewhere. The scientific evidence is that the vitamin C in lemon juice helps repair worn out tissue but does not destroy fat. Lemon juice may be healthful as a source of nutrients, but it is valueless as a treatment for obesity. Lemon juice has no action on fat whatsoever.
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Why should I reduce?
The success of a weight-reducing programme is based on extreme co-operation and motivation on the part of an obese person. You have to want to reduce.
Anyone who wants to reduce must feel strongly enough about it so that he will adhere to a reasonable reducing-regimen and adhere to it full time. One cannot follow it five days a week and hope for results. As you will see my plan for a Balanced-Nutrient Diet requires certain adjustments in eating habits. Nothing drastic. Just sensible eating. Perhaps substituting fruits for fried foods as a snack. But you have to make these re-adjustments rigidly. You have to build up your will-power. You have to realize that fat is not just a matter of not looking good or a cosmetic problem. It is a major health problem to millions and millions of people in every area of life.
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Why are steam and sauna baths popular among weight reducers?
To a good many obese people, life is a constant battle of the bulge. Obese people are easy prey to all sorts of fads, gimmicks and gadgets. Most obese persons out of consideration for their health and their families would rather not weigh too much, and with all the best intentions they become victims of miracle cures and “health culture” business which thrives on calisthenics, dancercises, exercises and massage. The steam sauna baths are particularly popular, because they promise to melt fat away, catering to the wishful thinking on the part of the obese person.
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Doctor can you give me something to lose weight?
Every doctor is familiar with the obese patient who comes into the clinic with a request for “something to get my weight down , doctor!”
“No drugs can reduce the weight”, says Dr. O.P. Kapoor, Profession of Medicine, J.J. Group of Hospitals, Bombay.
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Why diets don’t work?
It is a matter of fact that dieting doesn’t work. It never has , and it never will. The sheer number should prove this to you. How many diets have there been over the last twenty years? Fifty ?One hundred? Magazine readers are constantly plagued by the promise on the cover “to take off 5 kilos in two weeks” with tips or with one or another diet made up to sell magazines. If they really did work would there be a need for an unending chain of new ones ?
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