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      A person is considered overweight if he or she has a body mass index of between 25 and 30.

      Obesity is a condition in which an individual is carrying excess weight in the form of body fat. Obesity is defined as a body mass index of above 30.

      Human obesity was recognized as a disease by the World Health Organization (WHO) in 1997. The WHO defines overweight and obesity as "abnormal or excessive fat accumulation that may impair health." Obesity prevention is a public health problem in developed countries. It can have major repercussions on an individual's health.

      Although it is not infectious, this disease, which has multiple contributing factors, is now considered a pandemic.

      From a naturopathic perspective, today's overweight and obesity problem is due to 3 major factors, i.e.:

      • A lack of daily physical exercise.
      • A diet that is too high in sugar and starch.
      • A slower metabolism due to stress.

      Dietary Considerations

      Eat a diet that is low in fat, sugar and refined starch (e.g. flour, white rice and their by-products) and high in protein.


      • DC 19
      • DC 47
      • DC 52
      • DC 49


      Rather than cutting back on calories, change the source of calories. The types of calories you consume are more important than the quantity. For example, 50 grams of calories from carbohydrates do more damage than 50 grams of calories from protein.


      Burning more calories through exercise is the best way to lose weight. Thyroid problems can be an issue for individuals who have frequently gone on low-calorie diets.