OBESITY AND WEIGHT MANAGEMENT

Obesity is a common health problem in the world. Genetically the African stature is relatively heavier than the Caucasian and Asian stature. However, wrong eating patterns and indulgence in too many unhealthy meals is what is typically responsible for the large stature of many Africans. Most African cultures historically encourage weight gain. In fact, a big and overweight stature is often associated with wealth, affluence and good living.  A fat person looks older and more accomplished. Age is a symbol of respect. In Africa respect is much desired. In Nigeria we are very sociable. We throw multiplicities of parties with lots of food and alcoholic drinks, both of which pile on the pounds. Our busy life style, getting to and from work in heavy traffic makes exercising difficult and builds up stress which also contribute to weight gain. A combination of underactivity from lack of exercise and our sedentary lifestyle coupled with excessive eating leads to accumulation of extra calories which is then converted and stored as fat cells in the body. Obesity can also be caused by certain endocrine (hormonal imbalance such as hypofunctioning thyroid gland, Cushing’s syndrome which is a disease of the adrenal gland (where stress hormones are produced), and use of steroid medications. Also there are some genetic disorder such as Prader Willi Syndrome which has also been implicated in childhood obesityOne easy way to determine whether you are obese is by calculation of your Body Mass Index which is simply your weight divided by the square of your height in metres. Values > 30kg/m2 are considered as obesity. Obesity is a serious health problem, one that serves as a gateway for other illnesses like diabetes, stroke, osteoarthritis, heart diseases, hypertension and certain types of cancers.It is therefore vitally important to get rid of the excess fat to maintain long life. Mayr detoxification at Mart-Life Detox Clinic offers an individualized approach to weight loss following diagnosis of individual food allergies and intolerances, hormonal deficiencies, sensitivities and using bioenergetic testing.

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