The Pima, Sumo and Canine Diets – The Epiphenomenon of Obesity IV

The Pima Indians of the American SouthWest have the highest rates of obesity and diabetes in North America.  An estimated 50% of adult Pima are obese and of those, 95% have diabetes.  How did this occur?  There are many hypotheses.  The … Continued

Poverty and Obesity – The Epiphenomenon of Obesity III

Poverty correlates very closely with obesity as we can see in this map of obesity in the United States. The striking increase in the prevalence of obesity throughout the USA is also immediately apparent.  Despite the large contribution of genetics … Continued

The Genetics of Obesity – The Epiphenomenon of Obesity II

One commonly overlooked aspect of obesity is its genetic underpinnings.  Obesity tends to run in families.  Obese parents have obese children.  Obese patients often have obese siblings.  Yet most conventional theories of obesity do not account for these genetic effects. … Continued

Understanding Digestion: Why You Should Eat Carbohydrates With Fat, Fibre, and Vinegar – IDM III

In our previous post we discussed how the rate of digestion of different carbohydrates can affect our blood sugar levels.  Carbohydrates are chains of sugars.  They used to be classified by simple (1-2 sugars) versus complex (long chains).  This was … Continued

Childhood Obesity – The Epiphenomenon of Obesity Part I

Now that we have a working understanding of hormonal obesity, we can start to apply this knowledge to understand the epiphenomenon of obesity.  We can use this more complete theory of obesity to understand the associations, epidemiology and secondary phenomenon … Continued