The Roots of Fat

Yay!! I’ve lost 25.6 pounds total so far with 54.4 pounds to go to reach my goal!  My BMI has dropped from 36.9 to 33.1 and my goal BMI is 24.9.

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The Roots of Fat

Think about these elements of the family environment that are associated with an increased risk of developing obesity.

>Mother’s weight:  By the age of 6, kids born to overweight mothers are 15 times more likely to be obese than kids born to normal-weight mothers.

>Breast-feeding:  Numerous studies link breast-feeding to a lowered chance of childhood obesity.  Some experts estimate that bottle-fed babies have a 15-20% greater chance of being obese than breast-fed babies.

>Television:  Every hour of television teens watch increases their risk of developing obesity by 2%.  Reducing television viewing to 1 hour a week could cut the number of obese teens by almost one-third.

>Family meals:  A survey of 8,000 kids found those who didn’t eat many meals with their family but watched a lot of TV were more likely to become overweight by the 3rd grade.

>No outdoor play:  If those kids also lived in unsafe neighborhoods that didn’t allow for outdoor play, they’d be fat by kindergarten.

>Parental control:  If parents are very controlling about what kids eat, their kids never develop the ability to self-regulate their intake and will likely become overweight.

>Dieting too early:  Boys and girls who are encouraged to diet are 3 times more likely to be overweight 5 years later, due to increased binge eating, skipped breakfasts, or other unhealthy attempts to lose weight.

>Poverty:  Lower income combined with any of these factors increases the risk of obesity dramatically.  I believe toxins in our environment target the most vulnerable people:  poor children whose parents can afford only the most widely available, genetically modified, pesticide-laced, corn- and soy-based processed food.

You’ve probably heard of a theory about the so-called thrifty gene, which researchers believe evolved to help our ancestors store fat more efficiently during lean times.

People with this gene developed a type of seasonal insulin resistance allowing more of their calories to be stored as fat during times of scarcity (like during winter).

These fat stores could later be tapped for survival, but doing so would trigger even more fat-hoarding.

So much for thrifty – sounds downright greedy to me.

All this fat storage was very handy in feast-or-famine times.

But in America today, where we produce 25% more calories per person since 1970, we live in feast-feast-feast times, with no scarcity in sight.

So having this greedy gene would really suck, right?

Well, how about having thousands of greedy genes?

A recent report suggests more than 6,000 genes – about 25% of the human genome – help determine our body weight.

Researchers estimate there may be up to 10 times as many genes that increase body weight than decrease it.

These genes – and how they’re expressed in each individual – all have different actions.

Some tell us to eat more or less sugar.

Some spur people to fidget in their seats, burning hundreds of excess calories a day.

Some genes predispose us to metabolism-regulating thyroid disorders.

Some cause a deficiency of the satiety hormone leptin, causing us to either underproduce it or block it.

But just because your whole family is overweight doesn’t mean that’s your destiny.

We all can change the expression of our genes by improving our physical environment as well as our cellular environment via diet and lifestyle choices.

Come join me on my weight loss journey!  I’d love to have you along!

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Dick and Lenay

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