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Being overweight are often misunderstood as a result of overeating. It is more complicated than that. Thanks +Dr. John Cassone for clarifying!
Dr. John Cassone originally shared to Art of Medicine:
 
My Last Poll:
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If a person is overweight does it necessarily mean they over-eat?
("over-eat" used generally in comparison to others of similar disposition that are not overweight)

[See poll or comment on original post:] goo.gl/gEuX5S 
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[My Response:]

Excellent Discussion Thread!
You guys rock!

This is a very sensitive topic. The people who suffer weight gain have to endure constant criticism from those that do not understand the complexity of the problem in addition to a never-ending stream of self judgement. Frustration levels are high. This post could have easily degraded into a mud slinging match but instead a great conversation unfolded.

Professionally, I have spent decades in the trenches with this population. The presentation looks the same (big people) however, each case is completely unique with a vast range of possible contributing factors. 

The simple answer to the post question is: NO
This is answer is absolute and not negotiable or even controversial from a physiological perspective.

True in General:
► eat too much = get fat
► don't exercise enough = get fat
►  eat less = fat loss
► exercise more = fat loss

This simple principle is always at play which is why nearly ever comment on the thread has an element of truth. Even the comment about scarce food or prison camp diets (barbaric analogy, btw) has some validity.

Homeostasis
The human body is in a constant state of physiological compensation. This balancing act is called homeostasis and it is extremely complex involving an orchestration of every major system in the body. The stronger the constitution, the better the body is at adjusting to external stressors.

Chemicals, toxins, poor food choices, high calories, heeps of sugar, alcohol, medications, emotional states, sedentary states, twinkies, or any other subtle or extreme condition or poison is experienced as a disruptor to the balance of the system. A perfect system will adjust. 

Yup - some people can start their day with doughnuts, eat pop tarts on their smoke breaks from their job at a toxic dump, drink beer on their once a day walk upstairs to the tv, while they avoid all vegetables and never gain weight.

Weight gain is a symptom that the body is not able to compensate and homeostasis has been compromised.

This phenomena can occur if any of the major systems is in a state of poor function: endocrine, immune, digestive, nervous, circulatory, and additional subsystems. 

10 over weight people with 10 completely different states of homeostatic dysregulation will all look the same: fat.

Can Exercise and Diet Fix all Fatties?
No. Hell no.

Whereas mild disruption to homeostasis can be dramatically influenced and even corrected by diet and lifestyle change, major disruption needs careful investigation of the causative factors with treatment monitored by a professional with experience (not all doctors are trained in Functional Medicine).

Attempting to eat less and exercise more as the only corrective approach, when medical help is needed, is not only exhausting but it is unrealistic to maintain long term.

Prison Camp Diet
Not all people will lose body fat in conditions of scarce food supply. In fact, many overweight patients have assimilation disorders and are already in states of malnutrition while they are fat. They are starving because their physiologic dysfunction is not allowing them to access the nutrients they consume (which contributes to abnormal and unbearable states of hunger).

People that lose weight on extreme dietary restriction (e.g. HCG Diet, prison camp diet, lost in the woods, etc.) often suffer muscle loss and additional damage to parts of the system that were already broken. In others words, you see them get thinner while they actually are getting sicker as the root cause has not been treated. These people typically gain back the weight plus more when any regular amount of food is consumed again.

Keep in mind, I haven't even discussed the psychological aspects which I could write an entire book on.

Bottom Line:
► don't judge
► if you are able to manage your health through diet and lifestyle change then do so
► if your state of health is beyond diet and lifestyle influences then seek medical help from a doctor trained in function medicine (medical models focused on root cause, treating causative factors, and repairing normal function to the areas in need)

"When the organs systems of the body are fully functional there is no disease." - Dr. John

Post comments to original post: goo.gl/gEuX5S

In particular, I want to thank +Pam Adger for steering the conversation in the right direction while I was unable to respond until this morning. 

#Integrative   #Medicine  
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Happy Weekend!
Made weekend pancakes Shannon's style <3 Buckwheat Oat pancakes are one of my fav #glutenfree #dairyfree breakfast on my blog

http://www.justasdelish.com/buckwheat-oat-pancakes/
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Thank you +Geraldine G  I love my pancakes with passion fruits, unfortunately these are not for RESET.. 
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Any of you parents going nuts with your children's tantrum? This mom's awesome results from a little experiment might be something for you to consider ..
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To resume blogging after a hiatus is harder that I thought. With many ongoing projects and remembering to get enough down time, writing for the blog became less of a priority. I have postponed writing too many times that I have to schedule in  daily…
To resume blogging after a hiatus is harder that I thought. With many ongoing projects and remembering to get enough down time, writing for the blog became less of a priority. I have postponed writ...
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Thanks +Azlin Bloor. I'm recovering and getting better, taking things slow at the moment..
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Good laugh for the weekend.
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Omgosh! LOL!
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Don't be alarmed if you see your plants wilt. My plants have been getting a lot of harsh sunlight these 2 months, and most of the time the soil dries out pretty quickly causing the choysum to wilt. Just give it plenty of water love and it will spring back up. This timelapse is taken over 30mins. Amazing, isn't it?

#urbangarden #containergardening #gardeningtips #ediblebalcony
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Good choice.  :-)  Greens like cool roots.  They're one of the few crops that will thrive in shade/partial shade.  In high summer, I plant my garden greens under the trellises of other plants.
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The Korean shop I go to don't sell my favourite tteok anymore :( so i bought this rice cake instead. It's gooey and moist, more like mochi texture, i think it is glutinous rice flour, not rice flour. Anyone knows?

Sigh I miss tteok
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Yummy Yummy
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Bacalao con Tomate happened over the weekend. Finally got around cooking the bacalao / bakkeljauw (dried salted cod) that I brought back from Europe. I fell in love with it during Barcelona trip. Bacalao is a specialty in Spain, Portugal and the Caribbean. Must try if you have the chance! 
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+Azlin Bloor not soaking long enough does make it taste like ikan masin, found it the hard way.. haha
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BOK CHOY KIMCHI WITH CUCUMBER RECIPE
I'm back with a new recipe after a LONG HIATUS! Since my last post, I’m getting much better than expected, with occasional fatigue in between days. I’m feeling more energised and alert by the day, . One of the things I’m doing to help with my digestion is increasing the intake of fermented or cultured food, that has beneficial bacteria.

Did you say Bacteria? Yes, bacteria are our friends.
When we eat fermented foods, we eat the beneficial bacteria – the probiotics – that the food contains. Taking a large variety of fermented foods helps to populate your digestive system with a variety of microorganisms. Some examples of fermented foods that are widely available are plain yogurt, miso, tempeh, pickles, sauerkraut, kefir, kimchi, and kombucha.

The process of kimchi fermentation creates the healthy bacteria, Lactobacillus (the source of probiotics), which is required by the body to keep a healthy state of intestinal flora. Read more about my Bok Choy Kimchi recipe on the blog
http://www.justasdelish.com/bok-choy-kimchi-with-cucumbers/
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Looks great, getting me hungry in the morning.
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Good news for coffee lovers! 
 
Can coffee be good for you? 

Our new coffee buying guide answers all of the questions you need to know about drinking coffee. 

What’s the verdict? The research is uncovered here: http://bit.ly/FM-CBG

Know someone who thinks they can't function without their caffeine hit, tag them in the comments so they can find out these facts!

#foodmatters   #youarewhatoueat   #coffee   #LongevityCoffee  
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Perfect!
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Don't be alarmed if you see your plants wilt. My plants have been getting a lot of harsh sunlight these 2 months, and most of the time the soil dries out pretty quickly causing the choysum to wilt. Just give it plenty of water love and it will spring back up. This timelapse is taken over 30mins. Amazing, isn't it?

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Lazy Labour Day Weekend. Wake up hair. Laughed at Amy Schumer's #girlyoudontneedmakeup video. Girl, just wear your smile & sunscreen. #asianeyes

Enjoy your long weekend. Ok now I'm off to work
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Every thing looking good.and so are you 
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