Over two-thirds of Americans are overweight or obese, and many of us are actively trying to lose the extra weight. It’s not an easy problem to solve, however, and many people struggle their whole lives. Scientists have now identified six different types of obesity, and this information may give us some help in solving the problem.
The clues are contained in the location of fat on the body. Here are the six different types and specific suggestions to help with weight loss for each type:
1.Food Obesity – characterized by fat in the chin and neck, down through the upper arms and torso, particularly the abdomen.
This profile has a protruding stomach and upper body fat. The best approach is to reduce the amount of food eaten, particularly sugar. Also include at least half an hour of exercise daily.
2 .“Nervous Stomach” Obesity – characterized by a band of fat in the midsection of the body front and back.
Anxiety and stress are usually problems for people who carry their fat in this location. It is important to manage the emotional problems and reduce stress. Avoid excessive sweets.
3.Gluten Obesity – characterized by fat in the hips, buttocks and upper thights.
Hormonal imbalance underlies this distribution of fat, and it is common among women. It often becomes more pronounced during adolescence and menopause. Exercise regularly with weights, avoid long periods of sitting, and avoid tobacco and alcohol.
4. Atherogenic Metabolic Obesity – characterized by a very large stomach that may look like a balloon.
When it appears most of the extra body fat has accumulated in the body, the person may experience breathing problems. Avoid alcohol and sugar, eat more protein, and get plenty of aerobic exercise.
5. Venous Obesity – characterized by heaviness in the lower buttocks and the legs.
Fat may accumulate in these areas because of poor venous circulation. This condition is often inherited, and may be common during pregnancy. Exercise is recommended, particularly running and climbing stairs.
6. Obesity as a result of inactivity – characterized by an accumulation of fat from the chest down to the lower abdomen, in the front and back of the body.
This distribution of excess fat is often seen in people who were once very active but have reduced their activity levels. One approach is to support the metabolism in speeding up by limiting the time span for taking meals. For example, eat only between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m., and avoid intake of food during the other hours.
Of course, beyond these specific recommendations, anyone who is obese needs to focus on a diet rich in fruits, vegetables and sufficient lean protein, and a lifestyle that includes plenty of physical activity.