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by Ron Kennedy, M.D., Santa Rosa, CA

Dr. Kennedy With the exception of metabolic conditions such as insulin resistant diabetes (adult onset) and certain hormone imbalance disorders, obesity is the result of life style choices and habits. Nevertheless, the problem can be very resistant to change. The importance to long term health of maintaining ideal or close to ideal weight cannot be overemphasized. Almost all causes of death and almost all degenerative diseases (cancer, arthritis, etc.) increase with weight as well as with age. The passage of time is not going to stop, however it is possible, although not always easy, to lose weight. No group of people are more exploited by charlatans than the obese. The wish for a simple, easy solution to the problem of obesity is overwhelming.

With the exceptions of metabolic and hormonal conditions, obesity is rooted in fixed attitudes. Any long term solution to the problem must start with re-education. The obese person must understand that his or her thought process is at the root of the problem, or there will be no lasting progress. In the case of weight loss a temporary solution is better than no solution. Studies have shown that the weight loss / weight gain / weight loss cycle is more dangerous to health than no weight loss to start with. Therefore, given the track record of weight loss programs, they are a danger to the health of the nation.

Listed in the form of the hyperlinks below is the information necessary to bring about a lasting change. It is necessary to live this information until it becomes a part of your identity. It doesn't work as long as you are "trying it out." Weight loss should not be rapid. If you take it off fast, you will put it on just as fast. Re-education and patience are the keys. This is all best accomplished in partnership with a doctor who practices nutritional medicine. Part of your evaluation should be a close look at your hormone status and the institution of any needed hormone therapy. Hypothyroidism, Wilson's syndrome, adult onset diabetes (type II diabetes), and Cushing syndrome should be diagnosed and treated or ruled out. When that is accomplished, the following information should be incorporated into your life.

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The information in this article is not meant to be medical advice.�Treatment for a medical condition should come at the recommendation of your personal physician.

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