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Hormonal Obesity Theory

Populations in Transition – Hormonal Obesity XXXIII

The populations of China and the Far East are slowly developing the same epidemic of diabetes and obesity that has overtaken the United States.  As noted in the previous post, one of the strongest correlations with obesity is the intake of wheat.  As noted in the Sugar section, the sugar intake is also increasing the...

Sugar Sweetened Beverages – Hormonal Obesity XXX

The epidemiological evidence linking sugar consumption and diabetes as well as obesity is overwhelming.  Very little controversy surrounds this fact.  Another demonized food – salt, by contrast is far more controversial.  Many people argue that salt is not as bad as advertised – myself included.  But sugar, alas, has few defenders, only pushers.  This doesn’t...

The Benefits of Vinegar – Hormonal Obesity XXVIII

Diluted vinegar is a traditional tonic for weight loss.  Indeed, mention of this remedy is found as far back as 1825, when Brillat-Savarin wrote about its dangers.  A British poet, Lord Byron had popularized the weight loss tonic and would reportedly go for days eating biscuits and potatoes soaked in vinegar.  Popular ways to use the vinegar...

Red Meat Dilemma 2 – Hormonal Obesity XXVII

Devotees of the low carb approach faced the red meat dilemma.  Meat was supposed to be non fattening because it was not a carbohydrate.  However, some large studies questioned this assumption.  The fascinating study “Changes in Diet and Lifestyle and Long- Term Weight Gain in Women and Men” demonstrated a rather large correlation between red...

The Role of Fibre II – Hormonal Obesity XVII

The main role of fibre is that of an anti-nutrient.  By various mechanisms such as bulking and viscosity the absorption of nutrient may be slowed in the GI tract.  This is especially beneficial in the absorption of glucose which tends to cause insulin to spike with meals.  This study illustrates the effect of fibre. Thirteen...

Good Carbohydrates, Bad Carbohydrates – Hormonal Obesity XV

There is controversy surrounding whether carbohydrates are good or bad.  The low-carb movement (the Atkins onslaught) of the late 1990s and 2000s did much to focus attention on the role of carbohydrates in obesity.  Are carbohydrates good or bad?  Opinions are all over the place.  Many low carb advocates suggest to avoid all carbohydrates altogether....

Childhood Obesity – The Epiphenomenon of Obesity Part I

Now that we have a working understanding of hormonal obesity, we can start to apply this knowledge to understand the epiphenomenon of obesity.  We can use this more complete theory of obesity to understand the associations, epidemiology and secondary phenomenon of obesity in a way that more limited theories like the Caloric Reduction as Primary...

Prevention of Resistance – Hormonal Obesity XII

One of the keys to high insulin levels lies in insulin resistance.  To start the Hormonal Obesity series – click here. Insulin resistance leads to high insulin levels.  It also appears that high levels of insulin also leads to insulin resistance in a vicious cycle.  How does the body normally defends against insulin resistance? High...

The New Science of Diabesity – Hormonal Obesity XI

Diabesity is so-named because of the close association of obesity and diabetes (type 2).  Obesity typically comes first and type 2 diabetes comes later.  This leads many to conclude that obesity causes diabetes.  On the surface, this seems reasonable, since the two often co-exist.    Where it becomes more difficult, however, is when people try to explain...

Insulin Causes Insulin Resistance – Hormonal Obesity X

Insulin resistance plays a large role in increasing insulin levels.  Increasing insulin levels tend to drive weight gain and obesity.  Continuing from the previous post, we continue our exploration of the hormonal obesity theory.  To start Hormonal Obesity part I, click here. The question we need to answer is this.  What causes Insulin Resistance?  From...

Drug Tolerance – Hormonal Obesity IX

We are discussing insulin resistance and how it develops.  Clues from other biological systems suggests that looking at the agent itself may be important in resistance. What about for drugs, particularly addictive drugs such as cocaine?  Resistance also develops, but the name is different. When a drug (say, cocaine) is taken initially there is usually an...

Insulin Resistance – Hormonal Obesity VIII

Insulin is a major driver of obesity.  But what drives insulin?  In some cases, certain foods drive the increase in insulin.  But there are clearly some time dependent factors about obesity that are unaccounted for.  What am I talking about? Consider this.  There are people who have been overweight or obese for their entire lives. ...