I’ll say it: I think the weight loss industry has it backwards. Being overweight doesn’t make us sick – being sick makes us overweight. Or, as I like to say, “we need to get healthy to lose weight.”
Obesity is a symptom of a bigger problem, or set of problems, not a disease to be cured. If you look at the labs of obese people, you will almost always find that there is a lot going on there – be it thyroid, blood sugar, hormone dysregulation, anemia, leaky gut, parasites, various vitamin and mineral deficiencies, high cholesterol, etc. And, if you look at their lifestyle habits, there is a good chance they aren’t moving enough, are making poor food choices foods for them (either intentionally or unintentionally), don’t sleep enough, and are under a lot of stress at work, home, or both. If you ask an obese person how they feel, they will usually tell you they feel sluggish, tired all of the time, or just generally unwell. Sure, some of it is because they are carrying around extra weight, but it’s also oftentimes because they genuinely are unwell.