Eating Habits - Diet

Hormone linked to weight loss

September 16, 1999 - The New England Journal of Medicine.

A hormone produced in fat cells can be used to help people lose weight, according to a study of an obese child with a rare genetic defect published Thursday in The New England Journal of Medicine.

Scientists caused a stir four years ago when they announced that the hormone leptin could evoke weight loss in mice, but until now a direct role in human obesity had not been confirmed.

The findings by doctors at a hospital in Cambridge, England, provide important clues as researchers try to decipher the genetic and environmental factors in obesity. The work could lead to medical treatments for some forms of the condition.

The study published involved a severely overweight 9-year-old girl whose body produced virtually no leptin, a hormone that is supposed to signal the brain to stop eating. The signal does not get through properly in some overweight people.

At the age of 6, the girl was so overweight that doctors performed liposuction on her legs to increase her mobility. She was constantly hungry and became disruptive when denied food.

In 1997, when the girl was 9 and weighed 208 pounds, doctors began administering daily injections of leptin. Within a week of treatment, the girl's appetite had diminished significantly. After a year of injections, she had lost 36 pounds - and 95 percent of that weight was fat.

While the girl's condition is uncommon, the researchers, led by Dr. I Sadaf Farooqi, believe the findings have implications for the general population.

In an accompanying editorial in the journal, Drs. Michael Rosenbaum and Rudolph Leibel of the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons wrote that many factors besides leptin affect weight, and people should not conclude that leptin injections would make losing weight easy.

If anything, leptin might help some people stick to a diet by curbing their hunger and aid in keeping the weight off, Rosenbaum said.

"The only thing that we know is that it decreases appetite in this child and in a mouse," Rosenbaum said. "It's not the be-all and the end-all to promote effortless weight loss."

Leptin is being tested in ordinary fat people as an appetite suppressant. Preliminary findings from one study indicate that it isn't a miracle cure, but shows some promise when combined with diet and exercise.

Dr. Richard Dickey, president of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, called the study "a great start," adding that though doctors generally believe many factors are involved in human obesity, leptin is clearly important.

"It's very possible that this child is a clue to appetite control and weight gain across a large portion of the population," he said. "I think that everybody's excited about the role of leptin."

As the energies change on the planet - are you thinking of changing your diet? Getting a bit lazy from all this meditating?? It is time to find out what food requirements your body needs now.

With the shifting frequencies on the planet now our bodies are going through many cellular changes.

Food patterns and eating habits must change to adapt to the higher frequencies of light.

Food choices will include foods with less density - quickly digested.

The 'weight loss' program that worked for you in the past - may no longer work.

We cannot all lose weight on the same type of diet. We do not have the same metabolism and food requirements.

You have to talk to your body - and 'sense' what it needs.

If you concentrate 'within' - your body will tell you what food it needs.

For example - you are in the supermarket. You look at the fruits and vegetables. You like many of them. What should you buy today? "Look" to that place in your mind where you go to meditate!

Think, "What do I need today?

Looking within your mind - you will see the time to buy.

Your body will guide to to the item of choice.

Items like sugar, caffeine, and other addictive foods, should not count - as that is your emotional body talking.

Slowly you will be able to connect with your physical body - to see what it requires and how often.

Many people need to eat several small meals throughout the day - better for digestion.

Other people are full with only one meal - usually at mid-day when they need the energy.

There is much to learn about your body's dietary needs at this time.

If you are extremely overweight - it might be best to visit a nutrionalist to see what your body is lacking - what your body can absorb - and what are the best foods for you to eat to lose weight.

Create your own patterns of eating and decided what is best for you.

Manifest the best physical body you can and your other sheath bodies will guide you to new heights!

To get to a 'light body' - you must prepare physically!!