Some people believe in ye olde Calories in vs Calories Out theory, while others believe in the power of insulin while others blame their DNA.
So, I raise the question….Is there a one size fits all cause / cure for obesity?
Or are there a whole bunch of factors coming together to create America’s obesity epidemic?
To aid in the discussion, I have put together a list of the factors that I think influence human obesity.
Feel free to comment/criticize or add to the list
Determinants of Obesity
- Quantity of food – Calories
- Quantity of food – Volume
- Type and Quality of food – Macronutrients – Carbs, Fat, Protein
- Type and Quality of food – Micronutrients – Vitamins, Minerals, Enzymes, Phytochemicals, etc…
- Type and Quality of food – Nutrient Density v.s Caloric Density
- Origin of food – Soil, Air & Water Quality
- Origin of food – Factory farms, fertilizers, pesticides, hormones, steroids, antibiotics, etc…
- Origin of food – Nutrient depletion due to travel time, premature harvest, preserving chemicals, etc…
- Origin of food – Additives – flavor enhancers (MSG), added color, added flavor, added moisture, etc…
- Origin of food – Industrial processes driven solely by profit – (see melamine)
- Convenience food vs Real food
- Digestion of food
- Absorbtion of food
- When you eat your meals
- How long between meals
- How much you eat at different meals
- What you eat at different times of the day
- Your beliefs and emotions regarding food – food as pleasure, food as fuel
- Dining habits – eat on the run vs sit down dinner
- Hormones – Insulin, Cortisol, Serotonin, Glucagon, etc
- Your Brain
- Hormone receptors
- Your existing body-fat
- Your thoughts, your unconscious mind
- Medical conditions
- Influence of family, friends & neighbors
- Social stigma
- Media, celebrity
- Your job
- Your bed
- Day to day activity (non-exercise)
- How much exercise
- Type of exercise
- Workout nutrition
- Workout recovery techniques – hydrotherapy, massage, soft tissue therapies
As you can see, there are a lot of factors that influence obesity.
I didn’t even get into all of the bleeding edge obesity research.
But for now, I think we have enough on our plate.
BTW, feel free to critique or add to the list.
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