How severe obesity is a sign of starvation (malnutrition)

Throughout the animal kingdom, creatures sometimes dramatically increase their storage of fat tissue. Two common occasions for that would be, first, in the “lean” months of late fall as winter nears and, second, during pregnancy and the period after delivery when the offspring will be nursing (at least in the case of mammals including humans).

Another population that tend to be a least a little “overweight” is a “very special” group of people who have been diagnosed as manifesting the symptoms called “Down’s Syndrome.” You may be familiar already with Down’s Syndrome, but I will describe it in a way that may be intriguing for you- a way that is related to how obesity is a sign of starvation.

Ben is a Downs Syndrome Boy-1=

Ben is a Downs Syndrome Boy-1= (Photo credit: Sheba_Also)

Down’s syndrome is a label for a “partially-developed” human due to the presence of only enough nutrients for that much development. (The broad term “developmentally disabled” really just means partially developed or developing at a much slower pace than is typical, as in retarded growth or less growth or less development.)

Starving babies have less mineral density in their skulls compared to “normal” or well-nourished” babies. The same light is being shined in the same way on to the skull of 3 different infants above. The more that the light passes through the tissue, the lower the density (mineral nutrient base) of the tissue.

I may be oversimplifying slightly but then again maybe not. Even humans that have narrow jaws and crowded teeth in adolescence (which is about 95% of us including me) are not fully developed due to lack of nourishment. If we look at “normal” human skulls across several thousand years of time, we find that the narrow jaws of modern humans is extremely abnormal, with thinner skulls and less mineral density in our much more brittle bones from sedentary lifestyles.


Note the various thickness of human skulls above. Many modern people have very low bone density and bone thickness compared to long-term averages (due to less minerals in their diets).

Obesity is also a sign of malnourishment and in fact a moderate degree of starvation. Obesity is obviously not a lack of calories but a lack of a full range of nutrients. The body “prepares for winter” by storing a lot of fat. Why? Because when the nutrient-base of foods is very low (like in many modern diets), then the body goes in to anti-starvation crisis mode and releases hormones that signal for producing more fat, which has a similar hormonal “signature” as when a woman who is newly pregnant suddenly starts increasing her fat deposits. She needs a huge increase in nutrients to support a fully developed fetus (rather than just a down’s syndrome fetus).

English: Pregnant woman at a WIC clinic in Vir...

English: Pregnant woman at a WIC clinic in Virginia (vertically mirrored image). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Obese people are starving. That is why they are so hungry. Many pregnant women and breast feeding mothers who nurse are also starving, and “post-parting depression” is simply biochemical exhaustion aka starvation.

Picture of an Obese Teenager (146kg/322lb) wit...

Picture of an Obese Teenager (146kg/322lb) with Central Obesity, side view.Self Made Picture of an Obese Teenager (Myself) (146kg/322lb) with Central Obesity, Front View. Feel Free to use. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

So, the practical issue with obesity and other forms of mild starvation is not to reduce the quantity of food, but to increase the quality. Those who follow the current instructions of the FDA and mass media commercial advertisements may be severely undernourished (and thus obese). Those who are committed to health may be able to easily find social resources and sufficient biochemical nutrients- yes, even if a dramatic improvement in health involves at least slightly changing what foods one eats.


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One Response to “How severe obesity is a sign of starvation (malnutrition)”

  1. Vivien E. Zazzau Says:

    Reblogged this on Dark Acts Bible: Glass Half Empty, Base Cracked… and commented:
    I often write about my “indigent experience.” One thing I have not explored, in writing, is why so many indigent people are so overweight. I, myself, am often quite hungry in my daily struggle for food, but I make a concerted effort to consume vegetables, nuts, grains, fruits, etc. Additionally, though I prefer a vegan diet, or at least, a vegetarian one, because “beggars cannot be choosers,” I will eat “flesh” when my only other option is not to eat, at all. Though my nickname is “swizzle stick” (I’m not sure if this is an improvement from my elementary school nickname of “spider legs” some 40 years ago), I’m not anorexic, or a binge-and-purger, and I think I look pretty good, if I may say so myself… I found this post fascinating…

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