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

Role Of Turnip In Weight Loss

Introduction And Background It might not be that famous in Asia or maybe even the American continents but in European countries, Turnip has been considered to be a pretty common staple food for many centuries now. Now that was a very smart move on the part of Europeans because turnips[...]

Oatmeal: A Wonderful Appetite Suppressant

Introduction And Background If you ever look closely at the diet of your parents and grandparents or even those who are into healthy eating, you'll notice perhaps that they are really into oatmeal. Some might be having an oatmeal breakfast with milk while others might be having it as a[...]

How To Remain Fit In Pregnancy

Introduction And Background When a woman gets pregnant, her body undergoes a lot of changes. Her hormones are altered, there is a new body growing inside of her uterus and she is moody and in constant discomfort as well. On top of that, she also gains weight which is not[...]

How To Keep Your Motivation Up For Weight Loss?

Introduction And Background Those who have yet to try to lose weight will always say that it is easy and can be done. Well, it is easier said than done! It is not easy for a person who has gained weight with a large appetite to suddenly lay off food[...]

Does Rice Make You Fat?

Introduction And Background In every diet that you must have seen or followed, there is absolutely no mention of having rice anywhere. Whether it is the Atkins diet or the fruit diet or the soup diet or the banana diet, not one single diet contains rice. And overall, many people[...]

Basics Of Food Allergy

Introduction And Background Allergies are a pretty common reaction that people have against something that their body does not agree with or never gets accustomed to. Some people have an allergic reaction from pollen during the spring season and every year they have a runny nose during it, unless they[...]

Basics Of Cardio

  Introduction And Background Exercising is a healthy habit that many people are becoming aware of nowadays. It is not becoming a means of losing weight only but is also being developed into a healthy habit. Men and women of all ages, whether they are teenagers or young adults or are[...]

Apple Versus Pear Shaped Bodies

Apple Versus Pear Shaped Bodies Introduction And Background Since every human being is different and they see things from a different perspective, it comes as no surprise that some people want somethings while others would want another thing for themselves. The line ‘beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder’ is[...]

Tips To Quit Smoking

Introduction And Background One of the greatest hazards of this century is the hazard of smoking and how much damage it has caused in the society. Nowadays, it has become a normal thing to do amongst children and is growing increasingly common at a very alarming rate. However, where there[...]

Smoking And Weight Loss

Introduction And Background The name of the article must make you wonder because weight loss is one of the most difficult things to do for a person, especially one who is very fond of food and smoking is one of the easiest things to do for a person, especially one[...]
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!