Thursday, December 6, 2012

Sumo: The Sports for Chubs?

When you're obese, sumo is the right sports for you. True?

Probably. But is it safe for you? Probably if your cardiovascular system is healthy. However,chances are, if your are obese, your heart and your arterio-venous system are highly overworked. Your veins and arteries are most likely accumulating fats and calcium deposits that could make you a candidate for heart failure while engaged in your sports.

Unlike exercise which will make you trim, sumo will encourage you to gain more wieght as it is what you need to win your game.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Man Boobs

Gynecomastia, is the abnormal development of large mammary glands in males resulting in breast enlargement. The term comes from the Greek γυνή gyné (stem gynaik-) meaning "woman" and μαστός mastós meaning "breast." The condition can occur physiologically in neonates (due to female hormones from the mother), in adolescence, and in the elderly (Both in adolescence and elderly it is an abnormal condition associated with disease or metabolic disorders). In adolescent boys the condition is often a source of distress, but for the large majority of boys whose pubescent gynecomastia is not due to obesity, and when it's not severe it may shrink or disappear between the ages of 16-18. Gynecomastia is not physically harmful, but in some cases can be an indicator of other more serious underlying conditions, such as testicular cancer. Growing glandular tissue, typically from some form of hormonal stimulation, is often tender or painful. Furthermore, it can frequently present social and psychological difficulties for the sufferer. Weight loss can alter the condition in cases where it is triggered by obesity, but losing weight will not reduce the glandular component and patients cannot target areas for weight loss. Massive weight loss can result in sagging tissues about the chest, chest ptosis. The size and geometry of the fibro-glandular tissue present is unique to each patient. This results in a range of physically apparent aesthetic deformities, for which, classification systems have been devised.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Hunger Pangs

When hunger contractions start to occur in the stomach, they are informally referred to as hunger pangs. Hunger pangs usually do not begin until 12 to 24 hours after the last ingestion of food. A single hunger contraction lasts about 30 seconds, and pangs continue for around 30–45 minutes, then hunger subsides for around 30–150 minutes.
Individual contractions are separated at first, but are almost continuous after a certain amount of time Emotional states (anger, joy etc.) may inhibit hunger contractions. Levels of hunger are increased by lower blood sugar levels, and are higher in diabetics. They reach their greatest intensity in 3 to 4 days and may weaken in the succeeding days, although research suggests that hunger never disappears. Hunger contractions are most intense in young, healthy people who have high degrees of gastrointestinal tonus. Periods between contractions increase with old age.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Psychological Issues in Obesity

Psychological and behavioral issues play significant roles in both the development and consequences of obesity. A multidisciplinary approach to the treatment of obesity that addresses psychological, social, environmental, and biological factors is critical to ensure comprehensive care, as well as best practices and outcomes. The importance of addressing the psychological aspects of the treatment of obesity has become more explicit over the last two decades. Not only is the role of a psychologist important for behavioral treatment of obesity and pre-surgical psychological assessment, but also following surgery to help them adjust to the post-operative lifestyle and subsequent emotional, behavioral, and social changes that often occur.

 The achievement of substantial weight loss from bariatric surgical or non-surgical approaches is significantly related to one’s ability to make permanent changes in one’s lifestyle that involves not only adherence to more appropriate nutritional intake and exercise, but also improved management of stress and emotional states with decreased reliance on eating as a coping mechanism.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Ever Heard of Chubby Daddy Clive Palmer's Diet?

Myth: Ice cream culprit of obesity.

Fact: Obesity is caused by excessive energy and fat and lack of physical activity due to poor eating habits and hereditary factors. Meanwhile, the contribution of energy and fat in ice cream per serving is very small, which is about 10 percent of the total energy requirement per day and 15 percent of the total requirement of fat per day.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Chubby Knows How to Exercise

Exercise and Obesity: An Overview

Experts agree that regular exercise is one of the most effective ways to prevent obesity. It is also important for people who are overweight or obese to incorporate exercise into their daily activity.
Would you like to be more physically active, but are not sure if, or how, to do it? The purpose of this article is to help you become more active, regardless of your size.

The Benefits of Exercise

The best way to take off pounds is to do so gradually by getting regular physical activity and eating a balanced diet that is lower in calories and saturated fat.
Besides helping to take off pounds, physical activity has several other benefits, such as:
  • Reducing your risk of dying from heart disease or stroke
  • Lowering your risk of heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, colon cancer, and diabetes
  • Lowering high blood pressure
  • Protecting against falling and bone fractures in older adults
  • Helping to protect against certain types of cancer, such as breast cancer.
Regular physical activity can also make you feel better because it:
  • Helps keep your bones, muscles, and joints healthy
  • Reduces anxiety and depression and boosts your mood
  • Helps you handle stress
  • Helps control your weight
  • Helps control joint swelling and pain from arthritis
  • Helps you feel more energetic
  • Helps you sleep better
  • Improves your self-esteem.
An active lifestyle can help anyone. In fact, 30 minutes of moderate physical activity on most days of the week can significantly improve your health. Most people can get better health benefits if they engage in physical activity that is more vigorous in intensity and/or longer in duration.
To help manage body weight and prevent gradual, unhealthy weight gain, you should get about 60 minutes of moderate- to vigorous-intensity activity on most days of the week while not exceeding your recommended daily intake of calories. In order to keep the weight loss off, get at least 60 to 90 minutes of daily, moderate-intensity physical activity while not exceeding caloric intake requirements.

Massage for Chubby

by Theresa Brennan

There are physiological considerations when working with an obese person. Large people are often in constant, chronic pain; their joints ache, their muscles are fatigued. They are used to ignoring their body and its pain - they want to fit in, be 'normal' and often under-report discomfort because they don't know its O.K. to say that they are in pain.

Fat people are strong and have normal flexibility but may have trouble reaching their full range-of-motion (ROM) unassisted. Large people benefit from mobility work for their joints and muscles.

Many obese people suffer from sleep apnea, asthma and other breathing problems. Many are unable to lay on their back or stomach for extended periods of time. If you can't breathe if you can't relax! I will work with you to find positions that are comfortable and effective.

The benefits of massage for the obese include: reducing chronic pain, inflammation and swelling; improving mobility and circulation. Massage can help increase the amount of exercise you're getting by helping your body recover from exercise faster. It can reduce physical and emotional stress and improve sleep.

For people who are more than 300 pounds, lying on a massage table may be uncomfortable. Even though my table is wider than average, it may be too narrow for a large person to get really comfortable. That's why I give my clients the option of working on the floor. Floor work greatly increases our options with regards to positioning, bolstering, and the amount of stretching and mobility work we can do. The important thing to remember, regardless of whether we're doing table or floor work is that the more comfortable you are, the more effective the massage will be!

I have clients who are active in the Fat Acceptance movement, others who have had the bariatric surgery to effect weight loss. In my opinion, there's value in looking at both sides of the question. So here's links to two organizations:

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Chubby people live longest: Japan study

TOKYO (AFP) - Health experts have long warned of the risk of obesity, but a new Japanese study warns that being very skinny is even more dangerous, and that slightly chubby people live longer.

People who are a little overweight at age 40 live six to seven years longer than very thin people, whose average life expectancy was shorter by some five years than that of obese people, the study found.

"We found skinny people run the highest risk," said Shinichi Kuriyama, an associate professor at Tohoku University's Graduate School of Medicine who worked on the long-term study of middle-aged and elderly people.

"We had expected thin people would show the shortest life expectancy but didn't expect the difference to be this large," he told AFP by telephone.

The study was conducted by a health ministry team led by Tohoku University professor Ichiro Tsuji and covered 50,000 people between the ages of 40 and 79 over 12 years in the northern Japanese prefecture of Miyagi.

"There had been an argument that thin people's lives are short because many of them are sick or smoke. But the difference was almost unchanged even when we eliminated these factors," Kuriyama said.

Main reasons for the shorter lifespans of skinny people were believed to include their heightened vulnerability to diseases such as pneumonia and the fragility of their blood vessels, he said.

But Kuriyama warned he was not recommending people eat as much as they want.

"It's better that thin people try to gain normal weight, but we doubt it's good for people of normal physique to put on more fat," he said.

The study divided people into four weight classes at age 40 according to their body mass index, or BMI, calculated by dividing a person's weight in kilograms by their squared height in metres.

The normal range is 18.5 to 25, with thinness defined as under 18.5. A BMI of 25 to 30 was classed as slightly overweight and an index above 30 as obese.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

The Fatter the Man, the Better the Sex

Ladies, if you've been putting your hubby on a diet, you may want to rethink that plan.

Fat men are better in bed. Researchers at Erciyes University in Kayseri, Turkey, studied body mass index (BMI) and male sexual performance and discovered that fat men have better staying power than their slimmer counterparts.

Heavier men have sex for 7.3 minutes on average, while thinner men hold on for 108 seconds.

Friday, April 6, 2012

The Fattest Country No More: U.S. No Longer Atop The List

It's not exactly good news, but the United States is no longer the world's fattest nation. It turns out that the rest of the world is gaining on US, putting on more weight at a faster pace.

World's Fattest Nation 2012

A tiny Pacific island, Nauru was named the fattest nation in the world by the WHO. 95 percent of Nauru's people are obese, which can be attributed to its traditional fattening ceremonies. The country also blames its high obesity numbers on the spread of western fast food, The Independent reported.