Article originally published in Natural Awakenings Magazine March 2009, page 22
For decades, the medical world has greatly disputed the nature of obesity despite the astronomical amount of money spent in the pursuit of losing weight. The medical community has confessed that the tendency to gain an abnormal amount of weight is a very definite metabolic disorder, much like diabetes. Although many scientists have theorized about the causes of obesity, every new approach seems to lead to a temporary solution, where some weight is lost and even more regained.
With any challenge in life – including the pursuit of weight loss – it is vital to understand the root of the problem before moving on to the solution. In the past, many doctors and practitioners blamed excessive eating and insufficient exercise for the obesity epidemic. However, a person suffering from obesity kows intuitively that the causes run much deeper – a metabolic, physical contributing factor has not yet been uncovered for them. Diet and exercise may play a role, but neither nor both of these factors comprise the whole truth or the last word in the matter. (Click the image to read the complete article.)