My Last Poll:__________________________________________________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 ___________________________________________________
[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: NOThis 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 lossThis 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. JohnPost 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 cassonewellness.com