Obesity and Weight Loss
Obesity Related Illnesses
How to Prevent Obesity
Exercise Without Effort
You will notice the main report here is a few years old but the information is still current with the exception that there has been an increase in the figures of the infected, dramatically World Wide!
Obesity and Weight Loss
with Norman Swan
Monday 7 September 1998
And the latest news in weight loss and obesity from the home of good food and overeating: Paris, which last week hosted the 8th International Congress on Obesity. One of the attendees was Dr Garry Egger, founder of the Gutbuster program. Garry took notes for The Health Report on what people in Paris were saying about fatness.
Garry Egger: It's actually being regarded for the first time as a pandemic, and as with many pandemics, they're very difficult to turn around.
Norman Swan: Just give us the figures.
Garry Egger: Australia is being held up as a bit of an example in a way, because they're suggesting now that we will rise from about 8% obesity a few years ago, to 35% of the population being obese. That's not just fat, that is obese, that's with a BMI (Body Mass Index) over 30. It's 35% of the population, or one in three by the year 2025. Now that would translate to almost 90% of the whole population being overweight. So it's going to be a rarity if you maintain lean body mass in a few years’ time.
Norman Swan: Why is that happening?
Garry Egger: Well for the first time, and I've been to a couple of these conferences, the shift tends to be away from food intake as being the main cause of the problem and looking more at energy expenditure. And the deficient energy expenditure that's occurred amongst individuals around the world, because of the rise of technology which just means we don't have to do things as much anymore, seems to be now starting to take much more of a role as a cause of the problem. There are big spreads in the French papers here just recently, with McDonald's and Coca Cola denying that they had anything to do with the problem and suggesting that their products really only are a small part of it. And I guess to a certain extent that's true. When you look at even this conference, there's escalators here that go between floors and stairs that go alongside the escalators, and even the attendants at the conference here, the escalators are chock a block, and nobody is walking up and down the stairs, and yet they're promoting that in the conference.
Norman Swan: How does Australia rate then to the United States of America or the UK?
Garry Egger: If you look at European populations, we would be second after North America.
Norman Swan: Is anybody talking about children and children's obesity?
Garry Egger: Well children is the big topic of discussion here at the moment. And the main thing that's come out of it is that there's a very close relationship between children's television viewing time and obesity levels. Now that obviously has links with other things, because there's parents' issues about safety, the fact that kids aren't let outside to play as much these days because of the concerns that parents have, mean that they have to be doing something inside, and that quite often means sitting and watching television. So there's now some novel talk about ways to make kids become more active and making the television viewing contingent on their level of physical activity.
Norman Swan: And what level of obesity are they talking about amongst children in, say, countries like Australia and the United States?
Garry Egger: In the United States, which is greater than Australia of course, it's now up to about between 20% and 40% of under-ten-year old’s are regarded as overweight or obese. In Australia we're not that sure of the figures, but the indications are that it's about 15% of under-12-year old’s are regarded as overweight or obese, and about 30% of under-18-year old’s.
Norman Swan: Somebody was saying that that translates into what a daily excess of two grams per day, which doesn't sound like a lot, but it adds up.
Garry Egger: In the United States, it's not two grams, it's about point-two grams in children. In adults there's been estimates from Australia which are quite unique in the world, that Australians have been putting on about a gram a day since 1980, and indeed Australian men, who are fatter than Australian women, have been putting on about 1.7 grams a day. So two of a gram in kids, even though it doesn't sound much per day, over the ten years of growth, it's going to be an enormous amount added to the weight that they would normally put on in lean body mass anyway.
Norman Swan: Is anybody coming up with environmental solutions that improve this exercise load?
Garry Egger: In fact that's one of the hot topics of the conference. About 70% to 80% of the conference is based around molecular biology. The drug companies of course are putting huge amounts of money into finding a solution, a drug solution, to this problem. But there's a small but growing group of people who are saying, 'Look, this is the wrong way to go about it. Surely if we have a population problem, a public health problem, we have to deal with it at a public health level, and unless we do something about the environment, then this trend towards developing drugs is not going to have a significant impact.
Norman Swan: But is anybody coming up with any solutions where it's actually working? Nobody in the world's got a weight loss regime that actually works, but if you've got population which is stable or declining in weight?
Garry Egger: Yes, the Dutch are actually quite stable, and they're quite lean, which is unique when you consider that next to them, the Germans are quite heavy, and the English on the other side are quite heavy. Now when you look at their food intake, interestingly enough, it's not much different in total calories or indeed in terms of their macro nutrient balance, that is the fat versus carbohydrate that they take in.
Norman Swan: You're going to tell me, Garry, it's the bicycles along the flat roads, is it?
Garry Egger: That seems to be the answer. About 70% of journeys to and from work in Holland are made on bicycles, compared to less than 10% in the United Kingdom. And that seems to be the only thing that differentiates them, and yet the Dutch are quite a fair bit leaner than either the English, the Germans or some of the other countries.
Norman Swan: Now well let's talk about drugs. We've covered it a lot on The Health Report: leptin, this hormone that's supposed to suppress appetite, a lot of excitement a couple of years ago on this, not much now though I believe.
Garry Egger: Well it's been a bit of a disappointment actually, and the first trials that have been produced in humans are less than exciting I must say.
Norman Swan: The other solution that people are looking at are solutions which change the way we deal with our food or energy. So for example, there's been a bit of publicity given to a new drug which affects fat absorption. Do we know whether drugs like that work?
Garry Egger: There are indications that it does work. It certainly doesn't work alone, it has to work in combination with a lifestyle-based program.
Norman Swan: Is there a worry there that you get vitamin deficiencies, of fat soluble vitamins like E and D?
Garry Egger: That's the big issue. It also causes some anal leakage because you're getting fat passing through the system rather than going into the digestive system and passed out.
Norman Swan: And of course in the last year or two, we've had two drug combinations taken off the market, the Fenfluramine and Phentermine, the fen/phen combination because of heart disease concerns, heart valve damage. Much discussion about that or is it dead in the water?
Garry Egger: No, in fact it's been revived. The main drug that was used in Australia was Adifax which was Fenfluramine and we didn't have the combination being used very much as it was in the United States. There's an indication now that the valvular problems that were caused by that combination aren't caused by the single drug as it was used in Australia. There's also a suggestion too, from the Canadians at Laval University, has done some work to suggest that those valvular problems may occur just in obese people at the same rate as they do in the people that were given that drug. So we may see a resurrection of that drug on its own, not the fen/phen combination, but at least the Fenfluramine comeback, but again I think anybody here that's working with it would suggest that it has to be an adjunct to a lifestyle change rather than a total solution in itself.
Norman Swan: Finally, what about weight loss? It's not necessarily all it's cracked up to be. I believe at a satellite conference before this main one started, that the Canadians had some disturbing findings from people who are grossly obese who lose weight.
Garry Egger: Yes, and these are people who are very pro the fact that we need to lose weight, particularly at a population level. But they found with their obese people that they were able to induce weight loss in, there were some negative effects that came out of that. The first and most disturbing of these, and this hasn't really hit the press yet, and they're a little bit concerned about it getting out, widespread, was the fact that industrial pollutants appear to be stored in fat. In other words, they're fat soluble, and that when you lose a significant amount of body fat, these pollutants are released into the bloodstream. What they do from there on we're not sure.
Norman Swan: But Garry, whilst that sounds disturbing, the reality is that if you reduce fat you increase your chances of survival, therefore the nett benefit must be there.
Garry Egger: It's a swings and roundabouts thing. Anybody that's going to lose weight has to take into account that over the long term it's got to have benefits both in terms of mortality, illness, morbidity, and indeed the way they feel. But there may be side effects.
Norman Swan: A brave thing for someone who makes his living out of weight loss to be saying! Dr Garry Egger of the Gutbutster program. And to clarify any potential conflict of interest, he's also my editorial partner in crime on The Choice Health Reader newsletter.
Dr. Garry Egger
Health Educator and founder of the Gutbuster Program,
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How to Prevent Obesity
Obesity is becoming an international trend today affecting children, teen and adults. Weight loss, on the other hand, had become an obsession to people. The question of how to combat obesity is always the topic of almost all health and fitness sites. Well, to be able to overcome obesity, there are many ways to solve the problem of being overweight.
Time is an important consideration when trying to stop obesity. The earlier it is prevented, the better. Obesity can result to numerous chronic diseases, if not treated. Diabetes, heart diseases and even cancer are just few later complications of being overweight. If you don’t want to have these more complicated diseases, try to manage your weight now while there is still time for you to do it.
Eat right. Eating right is always on the top of the list in losing weight. This means eating the right food, the right amount and at the right time. Right food means one should be able to consume a balanced diet every day. A balanced diet contains healthy food including fruits and vegetable. Plan your meals even before going to the market. With this, you will have a plan and don’t have the tendency to pick anything you think is right for your health. Learn how to do food portioning which is an effective way to prevent obesity. Portion your food so that you can control your food intake. Discipline towards eating is very essential so that all efforts invested in losing up the weight are worth.
Breakfast, being the most important meal of the day, should not be skipped. If you want to eat a lot, you can do it during breakfast since the food you ate will eventually be digested as you go on with your daily activities. Skipping it will give you the chance to overeat during the lunch or dinner. Overeating during dinner is not a healthy thing to do because at night, your body is sleep. When you are sleep, your body is sedentary so there is no extra effort to burn fats. Normally the body still burns fat during sleeping time, but it can’t burn all the fats you deposited because of overeating.
It is also a rule of thumb not to eat junk foods. Soda, alcoholic drinks and other unhealthy drinks is not allowed for consumption.
Engage in physical activities. Exercise is the most common way to prevent obesity. It goes hand in hand with the proper diet. Some of the physical activities like walking, jogging or running are helpful in increasing burning of fat in the body. Climbing the stairs daily instead of taking the lift is also helpful. Doing an exercise for about thirty minutes every day can prevent you to become obese.
Water therapy. Make sure to drink the required eight glasses a day to avoid yourself from getting sick. Water is essential especially for the obese one since water does not contain calories, so it is the safest liquid to drink. More water intake will result to better hydration of the skin. Water also makes the stomach full. After eating a meal, drink plenty of water so that you feel satisfied.
Track your weight regularly. Keeping a record of your weight will help you to determine whether the techniques you are doing are effective. This will also be a way to tell whether your weight is still in the healthy range when compared versus your height. Calculating your BMI for this case will be easy if you recorded weights at least once a week.
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