Is Obesity a Disease?
A lot of us are turning to doctors, nutritionists or other “qualified” practitioners to help us lose weight. Many of us are also looking into using medical products (slimming pills, shakes and similar) hoping that they will magically make us slim. But can they? Is there a ‘cure’ for obesity? Are we sick, so do we need to see a doctor? Will there ever be a pill or treatment to let us overindulge in food and not gain any weight?
To answer that question let’s look if obesity is an illness in the first place. If you google it, you’ll see that many experts are debating this question. As per one English dictionary definition, “an illness is a specific condition that prevents your body or mind from working normally”. So if we are eating excessively and therefore gaining weight, it is fair to say that our bodies are working pretty normally. Actually, you are probably quite ill if you are eating excessively and losing weight. The same may be true in reverse, and that could happen if you have a thyroid problem, but then again, that it is an illness of a different kind, not obesity itself.
Some would argue that obesity is spreading like an epidemic and it’s caused by modern processed food, enormous portion sizes and an unhealthy lifestyle, which is all true but again, it’s not an illness, just a normal reaction of our bodies pleading to us to do something about that.
You may go to the doctor who will measure your BMI and tell you are overweight, and they may be overweight themselves or to a nutritionist who will tell you about which food to eat, but you can face it for no longer than a week. Or they can give you some valuable advice on healthy food, but healthy doesn’t necessarily mean weight loss. There are also many short-term options – protein diets, slimming shakes and pills, irregular eating 5:2 diets, and some more extreme such as gastric bypass, but in the small print for all of them you will find a long list of side effects.
Without dwelling on this too much, the short answer is: No, obesity is not an illness and (I’m sorry to disappoint you) there is no pill to make you slim. The good news is that you are not sick.
The only ‘cure’ for obesity is a balanced diet. And the only effective way to lose weight is to learn how to balance it again and do it in the way that is individual to you. We are all born with this natural ability to balance our diet, but with everything that is around us, we have lost it somewhere along the way. Don’t worry, with Weigh Yourself Slim you won’t be going on a cruel diet; instead you will be going on a journey to re-learn how to balance your diet and get back in control of your weight once and forever. So do it in your own pace and don’t dread it, enjoy it!
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I live in Adelaide (Australia) with my husband, my two adorable Norwegian cats ( Zeus and Zena ), a chicken, and a pigeon who now also thinks that he is a chicken! My ancestry is French so it goes without saying that my favourite place is Paris. The food, culture and atmosphere of Paris is nothing short of amazing.
I am a self taught home cook who loves big flavours in food. My passion for food surfaced when I was 10 years old, watching TV chef Ian Hewitson and learning different techniques. Since then, the food of Adrian Richardson and Jamie Oliver has been my inspiration. I love how one can create a healthy full flavoured meal from just the simplest of ingredients. I especially love chilli and garlic and use them in most of my food.
I enjoy hosting dinner parties for friends and family. Curries and rustic style dishes are my firm favorites and I know that my family and friends all agree! Just place it all in the middle of the table and let everyone help themselves enjoying great food with good company.
I create flavoursome low calorie recipes which are featured on the internationally known website Weigh Yourself Slim.
Whilst I enjoy cooking I still love to go out to restaurants, especially when you discover ones with amazing food and that you must try and replicate at home!
So welcome to CCKFOOD. It is my creative playground where I am able to share my love of good food with you all. Enjoy.