Food Intolerances can make you Overweight!

Obesity rates increasing in the UAE

47.5% of UAE residents overweight, with a BMI of between 25 and 30, while another 13 percent are obese, survey shows.

One of the major reasons for this is having food intolerances.

Obesity in the UAE
(Source: Gulf news, Published: 18:00 September 26, 2015, By Sarvy Geranpayeh, Staff Reporter)

Abu Dhabi: According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), at least 2.8 million people die every year for being overweight or obese. The worldwide prevalence of obesity has more than doubled between 1980 and 2014, with 13 percent of the world’s adult population alone found to be obese last year.

In a survey released this year by Zurich International Life, 47.5 percent of UAE residents were overweight, with a BMI of between 25 and 30, while another 13 percent were obese, with a BMI of over 30. Since the average BMI in the UAE is 25.6, the average UAE resident is considered overweight.

Forty percent of 11-to-16-year-olds and 20 percent of children under the age of 11 in the UAE are obese, according to Wafa Helmi Ayesh, Director of Clinical Nutrition Department at Dubai Health Authority. And an obese child is likely to grow into an obese adult.

So how are people ending up obese in the UAE? Many point to the contribution of a poor lifestyle — long working hours, lack of activity due to high temperatures during the hotter months and the readily available fast food choices.

What is Obesity?

Obesity is defined as excess body fat. Because body fat is difficult to measure directly, obesity is often measured by body mass index (BMI), a common scientific way to screen for whether a person is underweight, normal weight, overweight, or obese.

Why have we been gaining so much weight?

On the most basic level, people gain weight when there’s an energy imbalance they consume more calories than they burn. But it’s overly simplistic to blame the obesity epidemic solely on people eating too much because of lack of willpower and on sedentary lifestyles.

If there ever was a multifactorial condition, obesity is it—a complex of inter­acting genetic, metabolic, behav­ioral, hormonal, psychological, cul­tural, environmental, and socioeconomic factors, some of which are easier to alter than others.

  • Not drinking enough water can cause us to eat excess calories that could lead to weight gain.
  • You’re Depressed and you’re taking medication to treat it.
  • Your body’s missing certain nutrients.
  • Your gut is slow. Digestive issues, including slow bowel movements, may also account for excess pounds. “Ideally, you eat, and then, an hour or so later, you have a bowel movement.

Causes of Obesity and Overweight

The balance between calorie intake and energy expenditure determines a person’s weight. If a person eats more calories than he or she burns (metabolizes), the person gains weight (the body will store the excess energy as fat). If a person eats fewer calories than he or she metabolizes, he or she will lose weight.

Therefore the most common causes of obesity are overeating and physical inactivity. Ultimately, body weight is the result of genetics, metabolism, environment, behavior, and culture.

1. Lifestyle choices

Obesity does not just happen overnight, it develops gradually from poor diet and lifestyle choices.

For example, unhealthy food choices could be:

a. eating processed or fast food high in fat

unhealthy food - intolerances

b. not eating fruit, vegetables and unrefined carbohydrates, such as wholemeal bread and brown rice

c. eating out a lot – you may have a starter or dessert in a restaurant, and the food can be higher in fat and sugar

d. drinking too much alcohol – alcohol contains a lot of calories, and heavy drinkers are often overweight

e. eating larger portions than you need – you may be encouraged to eat too much if your friends or relatives are also eating large portions

f. comfort eating – if you feel depressed or have low self-esteem you may comfort eat to make yourself feel better.

2. Genetics

Obesity has a strong genetic component. Offsprings of obese parents are much more likely to become obese than offsprings of lean parents.

This is not to say that obesity is completely predetermined because our genes aren’t as set in stone as you may think… the signals we send our genes can have a major effect on which genes are expressed and which are not.

Non-industrialized societies rapidly become obese when they start eating a typical Western diet. Their genes didn’t change, the environment and the signals they sent to their genes changed.

3. Inactivity


If you’re not very active, you don’t burn as many calories. With a sedentary lifestyle, you can easily take in more calories every day than you use through exercise and normal daily activities.

4. Lack of sleep

Not getting enough sleep or getting too much sleep can cause changes in hormones that increase your appetite. You may also crave foods high in calories and carbohydrates, which can contribute to weight gain.

Are you doing all the right things yet you are still unable to lose weight? 

Food Intolerance or Allergy

Can't lose weight - hidden food allergy

A hidden food allergy or intolerance could be the culprit. Dr.  Mark Hyman, New York Times best-selling author and an advocate for functional medicine, supports groundbreaking research linking food allergies to weight gain.

Most people think food-related allergic reactions are sudden and fast acting – such as peanut or shellfish allergies which can cause immediate inflammation (an IgE immune response), resulting in swelling or difficulty breathing and can be life-threatening.

On the other hand, dairy, which can be hidden in many everyday foods causes a far less acute allergic reaction, creating inflammation hours or even days later (an IgG immune response). Up to 60% of the population could be affected by hidden sensitivities to foods such as dairy.

Dairy Allergy and Weight Gain 

Foods with dairy can cause unhealthy bacteria to overgrow and produce toxins that cause systemic inflammation that swells the intestines and prevents normal digestion, causing weight gain, among other conditions such as irritable bowel. In fact, you can gain up to 30 pounds a year due to a dairy allergy.

Weight gain and dairy

Foods with dairy can cause unhealthy bacteria to overgrow and produce toxins that cause systemic inflammation that swells the intestines and prevents normal digestion, causing weight gain, among other conditions such as irritable bowel. In fact, you can gain up to 30 pounds a year due to a dairy allergy.

Lastly, a dairy allergy is tied to inflammation in the gut, as opposed to lactose intolerance, which is an inability to digest the milk sugar called lactose.

The first step to finding out if a dairy allergy is making you gain weight is to identify both the main and hidden sources of dairy in your diet.

Diagnosis of obesity

A common way of deciding if a person is obese is to calculate their body mass index (BMI). This looks at the weight in relation to height. If you know your weight and your height, you can find out your BMI using the BMI calculator.

Diagnosis of Obesity-BMI

For most adults, a healthy BMI is between 18.5 and 24.9. If you have a BMI greater than this, you’re likely to be overweight or obese. Here are the general ranges for BMI:

  • 25 to 29.9 – overweight
  • 30 to 39.9 – obese
  • over 40 – severely obese

These BMI ranges don’t fit everyone. For example, if you have a lot of muscle, your BMI is likely to be high and may not be an accurate measurement of whether you need to lose weight.

In addition, these categories aren’t a reliable guide to risk if you’re from certain ethnic groups including Asian and African–Caribbean. This is because people from these groups have an increased risk of health problems even at lower BMI levels.


Calculate Body Mass Index (BMI)

BMI is your weight (in kilograms) over your height squared (in centimeters). Let’s calculate, however, using pounds and inches.

For instance, the BMI of a person who is 5’3″ and weighs 125 lbs is calculated as follows:

1. Multiply the weight in pounds by 0.45 (the metric conversion factor)  

125 X 0.45 = 56.25 kg

2. Multiply the height in inches by 0.025 (the metric conversion factor)  

63 X 0.025 = 1.575 m

3. Square the answer from step 2  

1.575 X 1.575 = 2.480625

4.Divide the answer from step 1 by the answer from step 3  

56.25 : 2.480625 = 22.7

The BMI for a person who is 5’3″ and weighs 125 lbs is 22.7 or practically, 23.

A healthy BMI ranges between 19 and 25.

Consequences of Obesity

Health Consequences

People who are obese, compared to those with a normal or healthy weight, are at increased risk for many serious diseases and health conditions, including the following:

Health Consequences of Obesity
  1. All-causes of death (mortality)
  2. High blood pressure (Hypertension)
  3. High LDL cholesterol, low HDL cholesterol, or high levels of triglycerides (Dyslipidemia)
  4. Type 2 diabetes
  5. Coronary heart disease
  6. Stroke
  7. Gallbladder disease
  8. Osteoarthritis (a breakdown of cartilage and bone within a joint)
  9. Sleep apnea and breathing problems
  10. Some cancers (endometrial, breast, colon, kidney, gallbladder, and liver)
  11. Low quality of life
  12. Mental illness such as clinical depression, anxiety, and other mental disorders
  13. Body pain and difficulty with physical functioning

Home Remedies For Weight Loss – Fast and Safe

Some of the ways to overcome obesity at home are as follows:

Lime juice-honey: Lime juice and honey mixed in lukewarm water is a very useful home cure for obesity. One teaspoon of honey mixed with the juice of half a lime in one glass of lukewarm water should be taken frequently.

Lime juice-honey

Lemon Juice: A diet of only lemon juice is also a very good home cure for obesity. In this method, one must drink only water as frequently as possible for the first day. On the second day, juice of three lemons mixed in water can be taken at frequent intervals.

This can be done till the person can have a juice of twelve lime in a day and the number of lime taken should be reduced gradually till it comes back to three lemons a day. The patient may feel weak and hungry for the first two days but will be than normal.

Lemon Juice

Cabbage: Cabbage is an excellent home remedy for losing
weight fast. Tartaric acid present in cabbage prevents the conversion of carbohydrates and sugar into fat. Substituting a meal for a cabbage salad is the best way to lose weight.

Tomato: Tomato is also a very useful home remedy for obesity. One or two ripe tomatoes instead of breakfast, for a period of about two months, is a very good and safe way to reduce weight.

Papaya: Papaya is also a very good home remedy for fast weight loss. Eating papaya soup instead of dinner for two or three months will reduce the weight of the patient.


Indian plum leaves or Jujube: Leaves of Indian plum or jujube are a very effective home cure for fast weight loss. Soak a handful of the leaves in water and drink the water in the morning on empty stomach for at least one month for best results.

Indian plum

Ginger: Ginger is also a very good weight loss home remedy. Chew a thin slice of fresh ginger for a few minutes before meals or grate a little ginger and mix in some lime juice and salt, have a pinch of this frequently.


How NAET works?

With NAET, we get to the root of the problem, identifying and eliminating the allergen/intolerances that is causing the problems

NAET offers the prospect of relief to those who suffer from addiction and allergies by reprogramming the brain to perfect health. Just like rebooting a computer, we can reboot our nervous system through NAET to overcome the adverse reactions of brain and body.

To fully understand NAET, one needs to know some Oriental medical principles.  NAET has taken the acupuncture and Oriental medical theories and developed a technique that can eliminate the reaction from the root.

Continuous contact with an allergen produces toxins in the body and causes blockages in the meridians. If these blockages are not cleared, reactions to the allergens often produce symptoms that mimic other diseases.

MRT (Muscle Response Testing)

Muscle testing NAET Dubai

By clearing food and environmental and chemical allergens from the protocol, we strengthen the immune system, eliminate the Physiological blockage the root cause of Insomnia and in bonus, it also helps improve your digestion and absorption. This allows the body to get the necessary nutrients, which are essential for life.

One allergen is cleared per visit. Each individual has a different genetic makeup and health history so the number of sessions required varies from one individual to another. For some people, allergens are cleared immediately however, for others it may take many sessions to accomplish the desired results.

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