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Healthy Weight Loss Educational Workshop


Below we examine the health effects of obesity and introduce the alternative solution for rapidly losing weight delivered at Healthy Weight Loss Chicago Center.

Obesity is an epidemic in the USA today. We hope to change this trend by educating our patients on how to live an active and healthy lifestyle.

59% of Adults Over Weight

Obesity is so common in the US that over 30% of adults and 31% of children are obese. Over 50% of adults are overweight.

Calculating your Body Mass Index (BMI)

The current most used measure of whether a person is overweight is BMI—Body Mass Index. BMI calculations involve a simple formula which determines a persons body mass, and how much of that is fat. A BMI less than 25 is considered a healthy weight, while 25-30 is considered overweight, and over 30 is considered obese.

BMI can be calculated with this formula or by using a small machine which asks for specific information about an individual. They then squeeze a trigger with both hands to calculate their BMI.

The formula for adult BMI is Weight in pounds multiplied by 703, divided by 2X height in inches. For example 100lbs x 703 ÷ 62 x 62 = BMI.

BMI calculations for children are more complex and require more information due to the size and age of the child. There are websites which offer calculators for this purpose. One of them is available on the CDC’s website at

Effects of Obesity:

Heart Attacks, Strokes, Atherosclerosis and Arteriosclerosis:

Being overweight, especially around the middle, increases a persons risk of heart attack and stroke even if no other risk factors are present. It also makes the heart work harder, raises blood pressure and cholesterol levels, while lowering the good HDL cholesterol, furthermore putting the person at risk of diabetes.


Diabetes mellitus is a disease characterized by the inability to metabolize sugar. Any accumulation of unusable glucose causes blood vessels to become inflamed.

In a diabetic patient every blood vessel has at least some inflammation. The amount depends on the level of glucose. The smaller vessels -- arterioles and capillaries -- are damaged earlier than the larger vessels, and the transfer of nutrients and oxygen to our body’s tissues can only take place in the smallest of blood vessels – the capillaries.

Due to damage in the larger vessels, diabetics also experience a more rapid buildup of plaque than non-diabetics.

The inflammation (with its attending swelling), combined with the plaquing, significantly reduces blood flow. As blood flow continues to decrease, gangrene can be expected, usually beginning in the lower extremities.

Diabetes is known to increase risks of Heart Attack, Strokes and Amputations, Blindness and Kidney Failure, Neuritis, Neuropathy and High Blood Pressure.

Nearly 16 million people in the United States are estimated to have type 2 diabetes mellitus, and it is theorized that 50% of diabetics remain undiagnosed.

Type 2 diabetes

Type 2 diabetes mellitus (non-insulin-dependent) is vastly different from type 1. Type 2 diabetes is characterized by obesity, overproduction of glucose by the liver, and ineffective utilization of available insulin.

The problem for type 2 diabetics is not insufficient insulin production, but rather insulin resistance. In other words, the body is making plenty of insulin, it is just too sick to use it. Also, individuals, whose close relations -- mother, father, sister, brother, aunt, uncle, etc. -- have developed type 2 diabetes, have a much greater risk of developing the disease themselves.

The October 31, 1998 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine reported that children, whose parents are type 2 diabetics, have a 40% chance of developing the disease in their lifetime. In fact, if one twin develops type 2 diabetes mellitus, the chance of the other developing the condition approaches 100%.

Early symptoms include excessive thirst, frequent urination, weight gain, blurred vision, extreme fatigue, numbness, recurring skin, gum or bladder infections, and high cholesterol and/or triglycerides.

Many researchers report that type 2 diabetes is almost entirely the result of poor nutrition and that it can be reversed by a whole food diet, adequate nutrition and exercise.


Obese individuals are in a constant state of low-level inflammation. This pro-inflammatory level may be associated with insulin resistance and other complications. Inflammation is also a known factor in certain cancers.

Gallbladder and Kidney Disease:

A diet high in fat and processed foods adds to the possibility of gallstones. These can be dissolved with proper treatment from your health care practitioner. Surgery is not always necessary to resolve gallstones.

Kidney disease is also a concern for obese people, due to overtaxing the kidneys.

Sleep Apnea, Osteoarthritis, Gynecological Problems:

Due to the effects of additional weight on the body.

Autoimmune Disorders:

Research has shown that some foods contain specific proteins which our immune system has classified as an “enemy”. These proteins can result in the immune system attacking its host, as well as the proteins.

It is theorized that while the immune system attacks a suspected “enemy,” some proteins normally found in the body may seem very similar to the “enemy.” This confuses the immune system, so it targets and destroys all possible “enemies.”

Triggering an autoimmune disorder:

  1. The immune system sees a tagged protein, found in certain foods.
  2. The immune system attacks the protein.
  3. The immune system misidentifies a protein that is actually part of the host’s own tissues, it attacks and destroys it (e.g., the islet cells in the pancreas in type 1 diabetes).

Most authorities believe the destruction of the islet cells actually begins at least 5 - 7 years before enough are destroyed to cause symptoms. Usually the first symptom noticed is a rapid weight loss.

Studies claim that dairy products often cause immune reactions in various tissues. It is also reported that dairy products are common allergens and may stimulate the immune system into attacking and destroying the islet cells in type 1 diabetes.

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