Bacteria may be the reason behind chronic obesity – here's what to do about it
It's safe to say that if you are struggling to reach or maintain a healthy weight, you are not alone! The World Health Organisation confirmed that 28.1% of adults in the UK are recognised as clinically obese, with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of greater than 30. Another 62% were classified as overweight wit a BMI of 25 and above. Yet it should not be taken lightly. To date, obesity is still a leading cause of death in the UK. So what can we do to fix this?
A fresh study by the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism has uncovered that a certain bacteria may be one of the biggest culprits. Micro-organisms living in the bowels of obese children and teens are completely different from those living in the bowels of their healthy peers. It's one of the first studies to demonstrate the scientific link between gut microbiota, or the so-called gut flora, and reduction of fat in the bodies of children and the youth. In practical terms, that means it is more difficult to lose weight once obesity sets in and this new bacteria spreads.
The study found that the microbiota of overweight individuals is much more capable of digesting carbohydrates compared to people of healthy weight. In turn, the blood of the overweight contained significantly more fat than that of their healthy peers. Short-chain fatty acids which are produced by certain types of intestinal bacteria were present extensively in the blood of the obese. This resulted in the production of excess fat in the liver, which explains why this gut bacteria may cause obesity to turn chronic.
Preventing childhood obesity
Obesity is a threat to 17% of children and young people. Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt described rising rates of childhood obesity as a 'national emergency.' The results of the study mentioned show that the gut composition of overweight young people differs greatly from that of healthy young people. There are hopes for developing a drug that will combat the bacteria that continues to proliferate in the intestines of overweight people. But until that drug is created, we must follow another solution.
Since the bacterial balance of the body develops over time and in accordance with specific behavioral patterns, it is very important to form healthy eating habits in early childhood to prevent harmful bacteria from taking hold.
Reversing harmful bacteria growth with a healthy diet
Researchers explain that predisposition, lifestyle, and what you decide to eat are instrumental in combating obesity. These findings demonstrate clearly how important it is to emphasise a clean diet for obese people, and to refrain from foods that deepen the obesity problem.
The Dietless app has made healthy nutrition as easy as possible with its custom nutrition plans. It's ideally suited for everyday healthy nutrition and maintaining a balanced diet, even for those who do not necessarily need to lose significant weight – thus, it is suitable for your entire family. Following a Dietless nutrition plan, you can be sure that your family's dining table is fully balanced in nutritional value and food quantity. By following this clean and delicious plan, you can develop healthy eating habits that your kids learn to adopt as well.
If you want to lose weight, it's important to find a way to adopt a healthy diet as a lifestyle change. The Dietless app was designed to help you acheive your BMI goal in a reasonable timeframe, without going hungry. The clean and healthy foods used accelerate the reduction of bad bacteria in your digestive system, thus reversing the potential chronic symptoms of obesity.
About Erik Orgu
Erik is a nutritionist, personal coach and dietary advisor – and the author of Dietless by Erik. His meal plans have helped thousands of people lead healthier lives. On this blog he writes about what he has learnt along the way.Write to Erik