The different types of obesity and the different causes for gain excess weight.

We now classify obesity as simple or secondary. Most obese people fall into what we call simple obesity. In them, hyperphagia (overeating) and sedentary lifestyle are primarily responsible for weight gain. Through the analysis of the fatty tissue, the age and the evolution of the weight gain we can classify the simple obesity in constitutional or nutritional

Simple constitutional obesity is also called childhood obesity because it is related to the proliferation of adipose cells in the period from the 30th week of gestation to a year and a half of age and is the result of overnutrition in the first stages of life. On the other hand, simple nutritional obesity is related to excess food that goes beyond what is required by metabolism; associated with low physical activity and / or low caloric intake. An example of this, is the middle-aged men and women, that their caloric expenditure tends to decline, become obese. If they don’t do any sport, they will gain weight easily.

Secondary obesity, on the other hand, is that derived from specific diseases (hypothalamic obesity, pituitary obesity, hyperinsulinism, hypothyroidism, cushing's syndrome, polycystic ovary syndrome, hyposalic glands), genetic factors or the use of drugs such as corticosteroids and psychotropic drugs, especially antipsychotics and some antidepressants.

Conclusion about weight loss treatment:


It is noteworthy that all the methods for losing weight alone do not lead to miraculous weight loss. Without a proper lifestyle change and the incorporation of the binomial reduction of ingestion (alimentary reeducation) and increase of the caloric burn (aerobic exercises) the patient will hardly be permanently free of the problem
It’s important to realize how natural methods of health care can be effectively incorporated into our daily lives, in order to achieve long lasting results with quality of life.

Posted by Dr. João Carrilho

Dr. João Carrilho
Doctor in Traditional Chinese Medicine by Southwest Medical University, China.
Licensed Acupuncturist (N.0500096) and Phytotherapist (N.0400028) by the Portuguese Health Ministry.
Post-Graduated in Health Sciences at Oporto University, Portugal

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