Gut Bacteria, Obesity, and HAES

I love reading about gut bacteria. I really do. We have ten times more bacteria living in us than we have human cells, yet we had been unaware. (What else don’t we know?) This month, I wrote about the research exploring the relationship between gut bacteria and obesity for Diets In Review for Vidazorb  in Altering Gut Bacteria to Manipulate Weight Could be the Next Big Thing in Obesity Management.

I’ll always remember my first time.
The first time I read about gut bacteria and obesity was in 2006. It was August at Wildwood on the Jersey Shore and I had time to leisurely read a New York Times Magazine article about the microbial theory of obesity. Fat Factors by Robin Marantz Henigmind will blow your mind. It was so far ahead of its time that it is still au courant.

This is a good time to bring up “Health At Every Size“, a movement to accept and respect the natural diversity of body sizes and shapes. HAES acknowledges that “good health can best be realized independently from considerations of size. It supports people—of all sizes—in addressing health directly by adopting healthy behaviors.”

Every case of obesity is not so easily explained. In clinical practice, I’ve seen people who couldn’t lose weight despite their best intentions. (Believe me, I’m not easily duped by patients.) Individuals vary in the way they store and burn body fat and in how they adapt metabolically to weight change. The studies of microbes and obesity show how little we know. Meanwhile, everyone, regardless of size, should focus on health and not  only on weight.

A penny for your thoughts….

3 thoughts on “Gut Bacteria, Obesity, and HAES

    • Hello! Thanks for commenting. You know this is all new and there are lots of questions about the probiotic supplements themselves and their context in each condition, and we need more experience with optimal dosages, durations of therapy, the efficacy combination probiotics, yada yada. But I would definitely use them for antibiotic associated diarrhea (Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG, Saccharomyces boulardii, a yeast, and most of the Lactobacillus acidophilus and Bifidobacteria seem to be fine)and for IBS, I would try Bifidobacterium infantis 35624. When I think about all of the patients…. Worth a try.

  1. Gut bacteria. Something new I need to research! As always, thank you for your enlightening comments.

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