To prevent or to treat obesity is necessary to avoid prolonged sitting on the modern upholstered sitting furniture. Instead of sitting on the couch or similar sitting furniture take a comfortable lying down position while watching TV or just resting. For the times of sitting, try to avoid or at least to reduce the time of leaning back against the back rest.

By driving car or just travelling as a passenger, there is no need to worry about leaning back against the back rest. One of the reasons is that the first concern should be safety, and the other reason is that by sitting in the moving car, train, ship etc the body is working constantly against the force of acceleration and against the force deceleration. The most where we have to pay attention about how we are sitting is when we are at home and in the office.

To prevent or to treat obesity, do not restrict normal calories intake. Regular food intake is essential for the overall health for everyone, and it doesn’t mater if he or she is underweight, normal weight, overweight, obese or severely obese.

On the examples of the people affected by anorexia and competitive marathon runners, I will tray to explain why any restriction of the food intake is unnecessary and dangerous and fruitless in any attempt to lose weight.

Between people affected with anorexia and highly competitive marathon runners, there are few similarities. Most elite marathon runners are medically underweight, and on the other side, the most people affected with anorexia are medically underweight.

By people affected with anorexia, the restriction of the food intake causes weaknesses of the body that it forces to perform locomotion in an extremely efficient way and on the other side, it restricts physical activity. Because of reduced physical activity on the one side, and on the other side because of an extremely efficient locomotion the body doesn’t get enough of the mechanical stimulations necessary for the maintenance of existing fat mass, bone mass and muscle mass. Among marathon runners, the duration and intensity of physical activity forces them to perform extremely efficient locomotion in order to fulfil this task. Extreme level of locomotion efficiency is responsible for the absence of required level of mechanical stimulations necessary for the maintenance of normal mass of the muscles, bones and fat mass.

Among people affected with anorexia, the reduced physical activity and increased locomotion efficiency is responsible for weight loss and on the other side, it enables them to stay alive by harsh restrictions in the food intake. Harsh restrictions of the food intake without decreasing physical activity, and without increasing efficiency of locomotion will not produce weight loss but loss of the life.

Among marathon runners, the extreme level of locomotion efficiency restricts weight gain and at the same time enables them to fulfil the task and to stay alive. Any attempt to finish the marathon without maintaining extreme level of locomotion efficiency will have fatal consequences.

It all shows that for weight control, it is dangerous and unnecessary to restrict food intake or to be involved in an extremely strenuous physical activity but is necessary to improve body posture and to improve gait patterns.

Involvement in the postural and motor skills exercises will cause improvement in the body posture and improvement of gait pattern, and that will lead to a healthy weight loss with far reaching positive consequences for the overall physical and mental wellbeing.

 

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