Extracts from the Guardian:
"Obesity can weaken the body's immune system and reduce its ability to fight off infections, according to scientists.
Previous studies have hinted at a link between obesity and increased risk of bacterial infections, but there has been little research into how serious the effects are.
It is a pressing issue because obesity has reached epidemic proportions. In the UK, more than a fifth of adults are obese and of the remaining population half of men and a third of women are overweight.
Worldwide, there are an estimated 300 million obese people and obesity is already linked to heart disease, diabetes and premature death."
"Though it is unclear exactly what causes obesity to affect the immune response, the researchers suggested that gaining weight might upset a mechanism in the body that reacts to foreign organisms. They added that the effect would have implications for many bacterial infections."
I have long known that obesity weakens the body's immune response and I suggest that the reason is the impaired nutrition of most obese people - impaired because most obese people do not eat enough. - Most of the time they are 'dieting' - i.e. eating insufficient food, because they are constantly told by experts that dieting is necessary for them to lose weight. - But it is NOT necessary. - Obesity is caused by fluid retention, not by over-eating. - I hope that the day will soon dawn when those estimated 300 million obese people worldwide are told the truth: that dieting is unnecessary, ineffective and, indeed, harmful, and that they can rapidly and safely lose excess fluid/weight by cutting out salt/sodium and salty food.Lose weight, reduce your risk of most cancers, high blood pressure, diabetes, stroke and heart problems, and improve your health in many other ways without drugs or expense by eating less salt! - Try it! - You will feel so much better!vulnerable groups
How to Lose weight!
Children and Obesity
Read my Mensa article on Obesity and the Salt Connection
See Sodium in foods and
Associated health conditions and
http://www.wildeaboutsteroids.co.uk/story.html - my 'political' page
Wider implications of the flawed theory that excess calorie intake is what causes obesity
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