MyCentralJersey Published 5:00 a.m. ET Jan. 26, 2020
Weight loss procedures that are helping people get their lives back.
We are living in a caveman's body here in 2020."
That is the assessment ofDr. Aram E. Jawed, a board-certified General and Bariatric Surgeon at the JFK for Life Bariatric Surgery Program. Jawed has researched the evolution of obesity and concludesour biology, stomachs, digestive systems, and hunger hormones are archaic, outdated, and obsolete.
In advance of a talk on obesity, weight loss, and bariatric surgery, which is open to the public on Tuesday, Jan. 28, Jawed explains his findings.
Aram E. Jawed(Photo: Submitted)
Early humans spent their days hunting, foraging, gathering and running from predators. Their stomachs were able to hold as much as 1.5 liters at one meal, which they needed for energy to survive. Yet they dined mainly on low-calorie leafy greens, nuts and fruit, with an occasional meat treat if they managed to kill an animal or scavenge. The result: a trim physique, he said.
Today, were sitting in cars, at desks, and behind computers. We dont do nearly the physical activity such as farming, hunting, gathering, and running around like we used to, and so we are not burning nearly enough calories. On top of that we are eating calorie dense, processed, sugary and fatty foods, which our body craves, and we have easy access to, he said.
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Despite our drastic lifestyle change, which has only occurred over a very short period, in the last 100 years or so, compared to the thousands of years we have been roaming the Earth, our stomachs have not changed in size, nor have our digestive systems evolved, he said.
Throughout history mankind has struggled with starvation due to droughts, famine, plagues and we have built biological defenses against starving, but have never needed defenses against overeating, he said.
When someone loses large amounts of weight from a fad diet, their metabolic rate falls in response because their biology is fighting to regain the weight back (preventing them from starving). As the person slowly returns to their former eating habits after losing weight, they pack on even more pounds than before because of their lowered metabolic set point. This leads to unhealthy yo-yo dieting, which contributes to morbid obesity and all the conditions that come with it diabetes, sleep apnea, infertility, fatty liver, high cholesterol and high blood pressure to name a few, he said.
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I have many patients who come in after years and years of dieting and are still obese, who are eating lettuce and tomatoes and going to the gym every day and cant lose weight is because their metabolism is shot. They don't want to hear diet and exercise, something they have been doing all their lives. They need a real solution, Jawed said.
By altering our biology for those who are suffering from morbid obesity and its consequences, we are in a sense updating our digestive system to the society that we live in today. We can still enjoy food and at the same time feel satisfied with smaller amounts, but our bodies stop yearning for more, he said.
If you or someone you know is already struggling with morbid obesity it can feel hopeless because no matter what you do, your biology is going to win; unless you change it, he said.
Jawed's seminar will be held at 98 James St. in Edison. The event is open to the public. Seats for the event may be reserved by calling 732-744-5955 or register directly at http://www.jfkforlife.org.
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