Even though Dr. Simeons did his research in the 1950’s and 1960’s, the results of his findings still apply today. It amazes me that when one of my patients runs into a situation or challenge, upon review of his manuscript I am able to find a resolution to their situation.
This article is about the fat on Fat or a more polite word would be Obesity. In early times dating back to the Neolithic period, obesity was thought to be a symbol of beauty in a woman or for a man, good health and prosperity. This was a time when man was able to own property, have domestic animals, own a home, as well as, purchase pottery and metal tools.
Before this time though, obesity was non-existent and is still the case today in areas of primitive races and in all wild animals. This is mostly due to the fact that these societies eat only when hungry and only in amounts to just satisfy the feelings of hunger. The food is mostly raw and, of course, unrefined. The meat is roasted, not boiled because there are no pots. Any foods that is forged from the land or picked from trees is eaten along the way.
To accommodate our present day life style, scheduled meals were instituted for school and work schedules starting at a young age. This means that we eat a larger quantity of food at a setting to tide us over from one meal to the next one, i.e. from breakfast, lunch and dinner. Many times we are being taught to eat 3 regular meals whether or not we are hungry. We eat because it is time. When we eat the food is transported to one of three areas for storage in the body. The first two areas are to keep the body functioning normal, but the third area where any excess nourishment ends up is not normal.
One area designated for storage is for the structural fat that fills the areas between the organs sort of like that of a packing material.
The second area designated for storage goes is to keep a normal reserve of fuel that allows the body to freely draw from when needed.
Both of these fat storage units are very important to good health.
The third area designated for storage is for any excess nourishment that is not needed for the body to function properly. This area is where abnormal fat stores start to form in a person’s body in the areas of the belly, hips, thighs, upper arms and neck areas. This reserve is the very last resort that the body will go to for release of fuel when a person goes on a restrictive program. By this time the body is feeling weak and tired and the restrictive program is usually then abandoned.
Besides having scheduled meals through out the day, another reason for overeating can be for emotional challenges. Many times emotional situations need to be addressed. Many will try to fill the void of an emotional challenge using food and/or alcohol which only masks the situation.
One example is, a person who has been overweight all of their life and then suddenly loses the weight, friends and family will make a big fuss over how good they look or will even sabotage them, by saying you can have just one bite. Plus, the added positive attention can be very stressful to that person, as all they have ever heard were negative comments or be completely ignored.
Dr. Simeons’ manuscript addresses the matter of obesity as being some kind of disorder in one’s body and many times a person who is obese – it may not entirely be their fault. Plus the added changes in our society and the abundance of food plays a big role.