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Obesity is a symptom

Obese persons might have type II diabetes and heart disease, but a fat body is not a direct cause. Polynesian kings, Sumo wrestlers and Eskimos in ages past had fat bodies but were healthy. The effects of civilization are the real causes of diabetes and heart disease. When primitive people got tobacco, alcohol, soft drinks and manufactured foods (high in carbohydrates but without fiber), they got the diseases of civilization. These included diabetes, heart disease and high blood pressure. Dr. Sanford Siegal in 1975 showed the importance of fiber in preventing these conditions. Many doctors now agree.
Vegetarian diets are successful if they have lots of high fiber fruits and vegetables. They don’t work if the person just quits eating animal products but drinks juices and continues to eat low-fiber manufactured foods. Worst are the beverages and foods with high-fructose corn syrup.
The doctors who report that a patient’s blood pressure went down by just losing ten pounds don’t say it was because the obese person quit drinking sweet beverages and eating junk food to lose that few pounds. The person might still be 50 pounds overweight but healthier.
Removing fat by liposuction might seem an easy way to get rid of it. One study followed for a year the women who had fat removed from hips and thighs. When they ate extra calories, fat appeared on the abdomen. A former pear-shaped woman was getting an unhealthy apple shape.
Even the size of your waistline might not be a good indicator of health. If you can pinch more than an inch of the fat stored between the muscle layer and the skin around the abdomen, that is much better than having a solid, round belly. Here the fat is stored around the intestines, stomach and other internal organs. This crowds the organs so they can’t act normal, resulting in the Metabolic Syndrome that includes diabetes, high blood pressure and cardio-vascular disease.

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