Many children go through developmental phases when they put weight on and then lose it when they go through a rapid growth period. However, when obesity is present it’s different and we need to ask why it developed in the first place and then look closely for possible reason(s). One of them could well be nutritional deficiencies as it is now known that obesity is being caused, at least in part, by deficiency of essential nutrients that are missing in their diet, despite overeating. Many basic nutrients are lacking in overweight people and their bodies are actually in a state of starvation. Moreover, because the food eaten is low in nutrients needed for countless body functions, the body keeps making people hungry even shortly after a big meal because the required nutrients were not provided so you ‘need’ to eat more to get them. This of course leads to metabolic imbalances resulting in inability to burn calories efficiently and thus weight gain.
Many of the lacking nutrients are the same ones needed for detoxification systems (such as the gut, kidneys, lungs and skin) to excrete the toxins. If these systems are not functioning properly the body activates its emergency system – it stores the toxins in the fat tissue and will increase the number of fat cells as needed to store the toxins away from the major organs. Hence toxicity is also one of the reasons for putting weight on and difficulties to lose it.
Thirdly, obese people have more fat cells than normal weight people. The number of fat cells can be easily increased but not decreased - the number of mature fat cells stays constant, they either shrink or expand. If the child is obese it predisposes it to being obese later in life and one of the reasons is because they have more fat cells to be filled (developed when obese in childhood) any time when they start to eat poorly, are under stress (and overeat to ‘compensate’) or exercise less than required.
In summary, if the child is obese the most beneficial way for the child to deal with this is to seek help of a knowledgeable practitioner who can identify and treat physiological imbalances and deficiencies, and correct nutrition.
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