The most powerful substances in the human body are those called “hormones”. They are so powerful, that they can change a body’s structure and the way the body functions. It has been discovered that obesity can cause hormonal problems which affect the body in many different ways.
One way in which being overweight will affect your hormones is directly linked to the excess fat in the body. Almost everybody is aware that women’s bodies produce the estrogen hormone via the ovaries. It is this estrogen hormone which produces the feminine characteristics in a woman. Men produce the hormone testosterone, which is also known as the masculine hormone, produced in the testes. However, the general public is not aware that fat in the body will also produce the estrogen hormone. The way this happens is with the enzyme aromatase ( a common enzyme in the human body) which converts fat into estrogen. In other words, a person who is overweight, whether man or woman, will always have more estrogen in their body than a person who is thin.
When a woman is overweight, the fat in her body will begin to produce an excess of the estrogen hormone, generating a hormonal unbalance which Dr. John Lee, an American endocrinologist, calls “estrogen predominance”. This is a condition in which the excess estrogen begins to interfere with the rest of the hormones in the body and causes hormonal problems.
The sequence is: EXCESS FAT which converts into EXCESS ESTROGEN produced by the aromatase enzyme will procure HORMONAL PROBLEMS caused by “estrogen predominance”.
Women might have these symptoms which reflect a hormone problem caused by the excess estrogen:
• Irregular menstruation or excessive menstrual bleeding
• Facial hair
• Emotional irritability due to the excess of estrogen
• Difficulty getting pregnant
• History of breast cancer
• Difficulty losing weight
Men might have these symptoms caused by the excess estrogen produced by the fat:
• Inflammation of the prostate
• Voice changes, becomes more feminine
• The body begins to develop breasts
• Loss of libido
• Difficulty losing weight
The other thing that happens when a person gains too much weight is that the body will produce an excess of the insulin hormone. This insulin will then begin to interfere with another hormone named thyroxin produced by the thyroid gland and thus you will get a “slow metabolism” which will cause the person to keep gaining weight. Many people suffer from hypothyroidism (a slow thyroid) which makes them gain a lot of weight. Their condition of overweight will make their hypothyroidism worse and they will then begin to feel other bodily manifestations such as: losing their hair, cold extremities (hands and feet), depression, insomnia, tiredness or weakness and a lot of difficulty losing weight.
There is a lot of information detailing how to lose weight by improving your metabolism in the book The Power of Your Metabolism. In fact, there are natural supplements that have been developed to help you lose weight quicker and healthier. There are additional supplements to help control the excess estrogen such as progesterone cream and others to help you when you suffer from thyroid complications.
The point is that the excess fat in your body will bring with it hormonal problems which could even include a higher risk of cancer. It is a known fact that cancerous cells grow rapidly when influenced by the feminine hormone estrogen; thus the reason why doctors always prohibit the use of estrogen in women who have suffered from breast cancer or uterine cancer.
Being overweight puts the person at higher risk of developing hormonal problems. Luckily, it is something that can be resolved and there exists real help which you are free to seek.