‘They’ say, everyone is different and we all come in different shapes and sizes, while this is true, there can be serious consequences to carrying those extra pounds. Problems include, hormone imbalances, uncontrollable cravings, eating disorders, increasing allergies, joint stress, back and nerve pain, low self-esteem, depression, blood and circulatory problems, crowding of vital organs, suppressed immunity just to mention a few.
DID YOU KNOW?
The average person has approximately 25-35 billion fat cells. An obese person has 100-150 and up to 250 billion.
Once you have them, they are yours for life. There are only four times in life when you can gain new fat cells. Infancy to age 2, Adolescence- age 10-11, Pregnancy and Post Menopause. It is important to support a healthy body during these times of growth and change.
What can you do?
1. Breast feed your baby. The human body provides the perfect nutrition for a growing baby, provided it is well nourished as well. When choosing not to breast feed, make your own natural, healthy formula. Commercial formulas have added sugars that influence extra fat cell growth during infancy.
2. Don’t feed kids sugar. Sweets and candy promote obesity and compound a number of other problems for a growing body. Watch for ‘hidden’ sugars in everyday snack foods that are deemed “healthy” like yogurt, ice cream and juice boxes. Feed them wholesome fresh foods that grow in our earth and are not made in a factory.
3. Maintain a wholesome diet during pregnancy and post menopause, be sure you are getting the extra nourishment a growing baby needs. Stress can increase fat cell growth.
Regular exercise, stress management and proper nutrition is essential for hormone regulation and bone health during menopause.
When you store a lot of fat in your upper body and belly area, that is known as the apple body shape or “android obesity.” When you store a lot of fat in your lower body (hips, butt and thighs), that is known as the pear shape or “gynoid obesity.”
Studies show that you are at a significantly greater risk for heart disease if you are android.
Disclaimer: The information in this blog is not intended to treat, diagnose or cure illness or disease.