Three Basic Causes of Obesity

Introduction and background

Today, much has been discussed and talked about the pathogenesis, and the actual disease progress of overweight condition and obesity. However, what is lacking is sufficient information regarding what actually causes the obesity in the first place.

(1) The Inherited Factor (genes)

Assuming that there is a limit to the diencephalon’s fat banking capacity, it follows that there are three basic ways in which obesity can become manifest. The first is that the fat-banking capacity is abnormally low from birth. Such a congenitally low diencephalic capacity would then represent the inherited factor in obesity. When this abnormal trait is markedly present, obesity will develop at an early age in spite of normal feeding; this could explain why among brothers and sisters eating the same food at the same table some become obese and others do not.

(2) Other Diencephalic Disorders

The second way in which obesity can become established is the lowering of a previously normal fat-banking capacity owing to some other diencephalic disorder. It seems to be a general rule that when one of the many diencephalic centers is particularly overtaxed; it tries to increase its capacity at the expense of other centers. In the menopause and after castration the hormones previously produced in the sex-glands no longer circulate in the body. In the presence of normally functioning sex-glands their hormones act as a brake on the secretion of the sex-gland stimulating hormones of the anterior pituitary. When this brake is removed the anterior pituitary enormously increases its output of these sex-gland stimulating hormones, though they are now no longer effective. In the absence of any response from the non-functioning or missing sex glands, there is nothing to stop the anterior pituitary from producing more and more of these hormones. This situation causes an excessive strain on the diericephalic center which controls the function of the anterior pituitary. In order to cope with this additional burden the center appears to draw more and more energy away from other centers, such as those concerned with emotional stability, the blood circulation (hot flushes) and other autonomous nervous regulations, particularly also from the not so vitally important fatbank.

The so called stable type of diabetes involves the diencephalic blood sugar regulating center the diencephalon tries to meet this abnormal load by switching energy destined for

the fat bank over to the sugar-regulating center, with the result that the fat-banking capacity is reduced to the point at which it is forced to establish a fixed deposit and thus initiate the disorder we call obesity. In this case one would have to consider the diabetes the primary cause of the obesity, but it is also possible that the process is reversed in the sense that a deficient or overworked fat-center draws energy from the sugar-center, in which case the obesity would be the cause of that type of diabetes in which the pancreas is not primarily involved. Finally, it is conceivable that in Cushing’s syndrome those symptoms which resemble obesity are entirely due to the withdrawal of energy from the diencephalic fat-bank in order to make it available to the highly disturbed center which governs the anterior pituitary adrenocortical system. Whether obesity is caused by a marked inherited deficiency of the fat-center or by some entirely different diencephalic regulatory disorder, its insurgence obviously has nothing to do with overeating and in either case obesity is certain to develop regardless of dietary restrictions. In these cases any enforced food deficit is made up from essential fat reserves and normal structural fat, much to the disadvantage of the patient’s general health.

(3) The Exhaustion of the Fat-bank

But there is still a third way in which obesity can become established, and that is when a presumably normal fat-center is suddenly (with emphasis on suddenly) called upon to deal with an enormous influx of food far in excess of momentary requirements. At first glance it does seem that here we have a straight-forward case of overeating being responsible for obesity, but on further analysis it soon becomes clear that the relation of cause and effect is not so simple. In the first place we are merely assuming that the capacity of the fat center is normal while it is possible and even probable that the only persons who have some inherited trait in this direction can become obese merely by overeating.

Secondly, in many of these cases the amount of food eaten remains the same and it is only the consumption of fuel which is suddenly decreased, as when an athlete is confined to bed for many weeks with a broken bone or when a man leading a highly active life is suddenly tied to his desk in an office and to television at home. Similarly, when a person, grown up in a cold climate, is transferred to a tropical country and continues to eat as before, he may develop obesity because in the heat far less fuel is required to maintain the normal body temperature.

 

Write a Comment


Recent Posts

The Hidden Fat Content In Your Diet

Introduction And Background Sometimes when we plan a diet, we try and select foods that are high in protein or high in fiber because we know that it is good for us. Protein does not make us fat and it a very good nutrient for building up the body cells as[...]

Measuring Body Fat

Introduction And Background As weird as it may sound to you and although in your imagination it must have something to do with blood tests and machines and scans that can sense and measure the fat in your body, you can actually measure your body fat right at home with the[...]

How Does Your Appetite Work?

Introduction And Background The workings of the appetite sometimes confuses because there are so many things you read online or in magazines where even the word appetite confuses you. But it is a simple mechanism that is interlinked with other mechanisms. The body has different parts which aim to work as[...]

Healthy Weight Loss For Kids

Introduction And Background Obesity is such an alarming subject for most because of the troubles it brings to society. No one is happy when obese because let’s face it, everyone wants to be fit and thin and look good. However, when we think about obesity and weight gain and the entire[...]

Beware Of Beverages – They Are Not Necessarily Juices

Introduction And Background When you go to eat or if you go to a gathering, usually the first thing you are offered are beverages. And that is the one thing that you do not at all consider when you are counting your calories or are calculating on how much to eat.[...]

Are Sports Drinks Healthy For Us?Are Sports Drinks Healthy For Us?

Introduction And Background Sports are a healthy interest and something that keeps us fit (if we are the ones playing the sport and not just watching it). Anything to do with sports, automatically a healthy and fitter feeling envelopes you, doesn’t it? However, can the same be said for sports drinks?[...]

A Diet That Will Make Women Look Younger And Smarter

Introduction And Background Even though we live in the twenty first century and things have changed a lot since decades earlier, we can all agree on the fact that one thing is never going to change; the vanity of women. No matter how feminist a woman can get or how vain[...]

7 Tips To Control Cravings And Yet Boost Energy

Introduction And Background Appetite suppression is the one thing that most people yearn for because we all know that once you have suppressed that appetite of yours, it will be fairly easier to diet from there onwards. But having to suppress it is the hard part and most people give up[...]

Weight Loss Via Hydrotherapy

Introduction And Background The world is fast moving towards obesity with the fast food joints on probably every corner and the yummy ice-cream parlors that one cannot stay away from no matter how much power one exercises. Well, this means that weight gain becomes an inevitable thing eventually. Very few people[...]

New Year, New Diet Goals

Introduction And Background If one is asked to decide the best time to make up their minds to diet, almost everyone would think of the New Year. It is the time of the year where a lot of people make different resolutions and also resolve to keep them as much as[...]
DMCA.com

Get the Best HCG Diet Drops on the Market Today!

  • 30 Day Money Back Guarantee!
  • Safest and Most Effective HCG Drops
  • Cutting Edge Fat Burning Ingredients
  • Amazing Results
Close this popup

Get your 30 Day Supply Now!