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Dr. Sharma and the etiology of obesity

November 22, 2009

A couple of interesting articles from Dr. Sharma’s website. I’m very tired and don’t have the energy to discuss them at the moment. So tell me what you think. I’ll discuss them in more detail tomorrow.

Obesity is a sign, overeating is a symptom
In fact, the more I think about it, the more I am convinced that we should look at obesity as a clinical sign – not unlike edema.

In the same manner that edema reflects the excess accumulation of fluid, obesity reflects the excess accumulation of body fat. As edema is a clinical sign of a perturbation of fluid homeostasis, excess fat accumulation is indicative of a perturbation in energy balance.

Etiological assessment of obesity
…the assessment of obesity requires a systematic assessment of factors potentially affecting energy intake, metabolism and expenditure.

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