Share The Wealth by Chris Gupta
January 14, 2004

Dieting May Be the Major Cause of Obesity

This somewhat technical work is quite revealing for those interested in obesity.

Chris Gupta


Adiposity is the result of an excessive number or size of white adipose cells.

Adiposity is caused by genetics and the environment. New chromosome variations causing obesity are constantly added to the list. Identical twins reared by different parents have the same weight, (unless one has been exposed to a "fattening virus").

Maternal diabetes, smoking, and malnutrition predispose the unborn to grow up fat. Early withdrawl of breast feeding and early introduction of a high carbohydrate diet predispose the child to grow up fat. Exposure to at least one virus causes permament weight gain.

Recent research indicates fructose is much more damaging to the body than glucose. Massive increases in dietary fructose correspond with the rise in obesity and diabetes.

Normal adults do not retain weight brought on by a period of overeating.

Conversely, individuals whose weight gain was not caused by overeating are rarely successful at long term weight loss. The weight they lose usually comes back with considerable "interest" (rebound). This rebound may be caused by diet induced increase in fat cell numbers.

High carbohydrate low fat diets for weight loss have been recommended for three millennia. Low fat diets have been extensively studied for the last 5 decades. In the last decade Americans have reduced their fat intake only to get fatter than ever. For the first time in history, a majority of males are overweight.

Previously reported assocations between higher fat consumption and obesity have not held up to careful study. Previously reported associations between higher fat consumption and breast cancer have been refuted. A 14-year study of nearly 89,000 women found no evidence that a high-fat diet promotes breast cancer or that a low-fat diet protects against it. Women who ate the least fat appeared to have a 15 percent higher rate of breast cancer. (Journal of the American Medical Association 3/10/99)

The low fat/low cholesterol diet is ineffective. Some researchers now think low-fat high carbohydrate diets are making us fat. Meanwhile, traditional nutritionists have ignored the lowering of female puberty from 17 to 13 years in the last century, revealing a tremendous increase in bioavailable dietary carbohydrate.

In the future, drugs, antibodies to fat cells, and/or cellular removal will control adiposity. In the meantime, people at risk of adiposity would be wise to check with a competent endocrinologist to prevent the early rise in insulin levels that triggers adiposity and related diseases.

Adiposity 101 surveys the rapidly evolving field of adiposity research.


Compound C75, developed for cancer treatment, inhibits feeding, but does not allow the metabolism to shut down. It tricks the animal into thinking it's well fed. It drops weight like a stone. C75 treated mice lost weight 45 per cent faster than untreated fasting mice. C75 also reversed a fat-related form of diabetes.

C75 blocks Fatty Acid Synthase, a powerful fat making enzyme. "This is the enzyme that turns your pasta into fat," Dr. Frank Kuhajda told United Press International. FAS is the last enzyme on an assembly line of about 25 enzymes that builds fat molecules to store energy. Kuhajda says that in a test tube, purified FAS will "make fat before your eyes" if given the right building blocks. This may have been very useful when primitive humans had to sprint across the savanna and kill an animal for supper. It has become a curse in the age of carbohydrate. "It makes us fat," Kuhajda says.


NEW YORK, Feb 18 2000 (Reuters Health) -- The extremely carbohydrate-restricted Atkins diet is a safe, effective way to lose weight, according to studies presented at the Southern Society of General Internal Medicine in New Orleans.

In a press release, the researchers also say that their study did not find any of the safety concerns voiced by the American Dietetic Association, such as potentially dangerous effects on liver and kidney function.

"In four short months on the Atkins Diet, we were able to confirm scientifically what Dr. Atkins states he has seen in his practice over the past decades. The diet lowers cholesterol and triglycerides and raises HDL... which may represent an entirely new approach to the control and prevention of heart disease," said lead researcher Dr. Eric C. Westman, assistant professor of medicine at North Carolina's Duke University.

Low-Carb Diet Offers Second Tier Therapy for Type II Diabetics

Journal of the American College of Nutrition (1998;17:595-600)
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See also: Dr. Jan Kwasniewski's diet is not Atkin diet-Update


posted by Chris Gupta on Wednesday January 14 2004
updated on Saturday September 24 2005

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The key to normal, healthy weight is your genetics and good traditional nutrition (not dieting!). If you eat what you ancestors were eating for centuries, you will be lean and energetic. If you fall succumb to newfangled products and "diets", you are most likely to disrupt your metabolism and health.

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