Lack of Nutrients and Obesity


At this time of year many people become aware that their weight is more than they would like. Obese people are more likely to have heart disease, Type 2 diabetes and cancer.


Did you know that people who are obese are suffering from malnutrition? It is not simply that obesity is caused by too much food. Although the quantity of food does play a part, but more that the wrong type of food can cause obesity. A switch to a diet high in nutrients can combat obesity.

A diet with plenty of protein; as whole food such as fish, meat, nuts (not protein powder),  fruit, vegetables, beans and whole grains is unlikely to result in obesity. Including liberal amounts of olive oil with your food is also less likely to result in obesity. Not all fats are bad and cold pressed olive oil can be a huge boost to your health.


The nutrients most helpful to decrease obesity include the B vitamins, especially folic acid, Vitamin B1 and Vitamin B6. These are found in nuts, meats, whole grains and beans. These foods are also high in iron, magnesium and zinc, needed to achieve and maintain a healthy weight. Other useful minerals are copper, manganese, selenium, potassium, and fatty acids. When supplements are used I recommend Entire Katoa Food State supplements for the best absorption.


Foods that directly cause obesity are refined (white) grains, high fructose corn syrup and poor quality overheated fats. 


While either poor quality fats or sugar can cause obesity, research shows that eating fats and sugars at the same time may be the biggest trigger in causing addictive eating or binging. This means food such as chocolate, cakes, muffins and biscuits (all high in fats and sugar) can trigger episodes of overeating. It is not just the calorie content of food that matters.


Contact Bay Health Clinic today to find out more or to book a consultation with one of our Naturopaths; if needed they will also prepare tailored herbal medicines and recommend supplements to help you feel your best and achieve your optimal weight for good health.  Call 07 571 3226 or email us:


Original Article Jan 2012

Copyright Jaine Kirtley