Weight Gain

Description: 

Obesity is defined as a state of being more than 20% above 'normal' weight or having a body fat percentage greater than 30% for women and 25% for men. Obesity is divided into 2 categories based on how fat is distributed in the body. Fat around the waist (apple shape) carries with it the risk for cardiovascular disease . Where the hips are larger (pear shaped) there is an increased risk of hormone sensitive cancers.

Other Common Names: 

Obesity, Overweight

Symptoms: 

Breathless on slight exertion, sleep problems, snoring, sweating, back and joint pain and fatigue. Long term can lead to high blood pressure, high cholesterol and type 2 diabetes. Low self esteem and poor self image can lead to the person feeling isolated.

Possible Causes: 

There are numerous factors that can contribute to weight gain until recently it was considered the result of ingesting excess calories and a sedentary lifestyle. This may be true for some individuals however there is evidence of strong genetic, metabolic and environmental influence in the development of obesity. Also important to include the high levels of stress and toxins which are part of modern day living. The liver is a major fat burning organ via a complicated set of biochemical pathways. If the liver does not regulate fat metabolism efficiently weight gain tends to occur around the middle and can be impossible to loose without improved liver function.

Associated Diagnostics: 

Health conditions such as weight gain are complex and have many contributing factors, some conditions may be managed through diet and nutrition, whilst others may require one or more tests.
If your symptoms indicate the need for testing we will select the correct diagnostic protocols for your condition.
Adrenal Stress index, Thyroid Function test, Oxidative Stress Test, Female Hormones, Estrogen Metabolism, Toxic Element Clearance Profile, Candida antibody profile, Food Sensitivity Screen.