Obesity is indeed a disease!

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EddyP
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   Posted 11/21/2007 6:59 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi guys & girls,

I'm Ed from London. I've been struggling with my overweight already for quite some time. I still have to loose many pounds, and so I'm looking for the perfect way to loose them. Weight loss without surgery would be my ideal solution, but maybe I'm not strong enough to overcome my jo-jo effects with diets...

I'm looking for a good website with basic information about weight loss. One of the sites I like so far is www.obesityhealthcare.co.uk where you can read a lot of comprehensive info on obesity related subjects...

And it looks pretty human and kind too. Anyone who has other links for me so I can read more before taking the next step?

Love and greetings from London,

Ed.

LanieG
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   Posted 11/21/2007 8:06 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello Ed, you can find a lot of information online about medical care and obesity, so be sure to look at other sites as well.  I wonder, though, why you chose your topic line to be "obesity is indeed a disease".  The website you mentioned only talks about surgical procedures to treat obesity and doesn't discuss theories of obesity "disease".  This particular stand has been discussed here with both agreement and disagreement - leading to an impasse.  Good luck with your own quest to help yourself.  You need to find a good doctor in person, I think.



Lanie
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"pre-diabetic" controlled so far by diet and exercise
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Post Edited (LanieG) : 11/21/2007 8:13:02 AM (GMT-7)


EddyP
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   Posted 11/21/2007 8:14 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Lanie,

Thanks very much for your quick reply! Well, some articles on your website are suggesting that obesity is a disease, instead of being 'only' the result of a behavioral pattern. This theme has been going around in my thoughts for quite some time, and the answer might be hard to find.

Did you know for example that in Germany, obesity is NOT considered to be a disease? Insurance companies do not help people with excessive overweight there.

For myself, I'm convinced there are many millions of people around the world, being obese and not able to get healthy again with the help of all kinds of diets. I'm not only worried about my own personal obesity, but also about the size this disease takes in these days...

I'm reading now all discussions on your website, specifically about this disagreement whether or not obesity is a disease. Fact is: obesity needs a lot more attention all around the world. No matter if it's a disease or not.

Thanks for your reply, and hope for more interesting discussions,

Kind regards from Ed.

LanieG
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   Posted 11/21/2007 9:22 AM (GMT -7)   
Ed, obesity is at ever growing proportions here (the US) and now in some parts of the world.  I think some cases might be because of medical conditions but most others because of lifestyle.  The reason I believe this is because of the sudden increase in obesity ("sudden" means last 40, 50 years) that coincides with lifestyle changes of eating and activity or rather INactivity.  Be that as it may, obesity is also causing an increase in related medical problems like diabetes, heart ailments, joint problems, back problems to name a few.  There has been a lot of attention to this in recent years in all the media.  Whether or not this is making a difference is hard to tell yet.  What I know about diet and nutrition now, as opposed to years ago, is that eating too many carbohydrates will pack on the pounds and keep them there.  Lack of regular exercise will add to the problems.  These are two rather simple ways to help lose and control weight.  A third way is having a full-length mirror.  Shocking and blunt! 

Lanie
forum moderator - diabetes
"pre-diabetic" controlled so far by diet and exercise
following low/no carb diet, no meds


Jeannie143
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   Posted 11/24/2007 10:49 AM (GMT -7)   
One of the other things identified in the obesity problem is the growing use of corn syrup sweeteners in place of sugar. Because they are so much less expensive to produce than cane or beet sugars their use is widespread in many foods. I doubt that Italian pasta sauces originally contained sugar but the ones on the shelf do now. Corn syrup sweeteners have been added to most everything which only increases our insulin resistance problems, IMHO.
~ Jeannie, Forum Moderator/Diabetes & Fibromyalgia
~Please remember that 50% of all doctors graduated in the bottom half of their class! Yours may be one of them...
"People are like stained glass windows: They sparkle and shine when the sun's out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is light within."- Elizabeth Kubler-Ross


siberian
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   Posted 11/27/2007 4:51 AM (GMT -7)   
ed look up the Southbeach diet. It is high protein very low simple carbs, no fruit juices and only moderate amounts of fruits that are not the highest in sugars. Most of this diet consist of vegetables, fish, chicken, and lower fat beef. In other words, no bread, rice, pasta or potatoes. Once you stop simple carbs for about two weeks,---the craving goes away.
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