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To treat obesity
Research on eating behavior goes back to Claude Bernard, who suggested in 1850 that the body has mechanisms to minimize variations in its physiological parameters. Walter Cannon, who expanded on Bernard's idea in the 1930's, suggested the concept of homeostasis, in which our body strives for balance in every aspect of its physiology. For example, the body regulates its oxygen consumption directly through breathing; no oxygen is stored for future use. However, since food is not always to be found, we store energy as body fat to retain the availability of nourishment even when food is not immediately present.
Obesity and starvation
Eating behavior has been intensely researched because the excess of fat that is stored in the human body under conditions of easy availability of food has caused immense health problems: diabetes, cancer, cardiovascular disease, among other. Cannon's suggestion that the body will always control its weight within narrow limits has only been shown to be the case when people have to work hard to get their food, a condition that was the rule until relatively recently in all parts of the world. Indeed, starvation has been and still is very common in parts of the world; approximately 800 million people are chronically hungry each year and one person dies every fourth second from a lack of food. Starvation was even more common in the past and our biology is therefore adjusted to resist starvation. As an example, people still starved in England in the 1940's. The fact that so many of us have become overweight simply depends on the fact that it is easy to get hold of cheap, tasty and nutritious food. If there is no food in your home, you can get it easily and cheaply a short distance away, indeed you only have to make a phone call and food will be delivered to your home. And then we eat and eat and eat. And we move less and less because we don't need to strain ourselves to get food. If we are served tasty food, we eat not because we need it but because the tasty food is right in front of us.
Brain researchers were inspired by Cannon to think that there might be neural mechanisms for assuring that body weight in lab rats would remain stable. They found that rats control their body weight only if they are given the same boring food every day; they rapidly gain weight if they are given tasty, easily available food. There are no eating parts of the brain that appear to control hunger and satiety. Nor are there any satiety genes. People who can't produce the protein leptin become fat; but until now only eight such people have been found. Single gene disorders that induce obesity are very unusual. Basically, people are geared to eat when the opportunity arises, because they are set up to expect that tomorrow there may be no food. So there is nothing wrong with people who become obese; their body is set up to do just that.
Can I eat certain foods that will make me lose weight?
No, you can't. No, the effect of different diets is well researched and regardless of what you eat, you only lose 4-6 pounds in a year, not enough to make much of a difference to anyone. However, you lose weight if you eat less food; it doesn't matter what you eat.
Aren't there pills that will make me lose weight?
No, there aren't. There is nothing that makes you lose more than 8-10 pounds in a year, the same as people who are getting a fake pill during that period. And when those who have lost weight stop taking their pills, they gain weight again.
make me lose weight?
Bariatric surgery will make you lose weight. There are different bariatric surgical procedures, but all are aimed at reducing the capacity of the stomach. And they work; after surgery, patients lose weight, and maintain the weight loss. But in the USA alone, 100 million people would need expensive surgery.
The epidemic of obesity must be halted and Mandolean
knows how to do it. Most people need help to lose weight and Mandolean
offers that help by training you to experience control over your eating.
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