Majority of men and women in the UK are either overweight or obese. The number of people hospitalised due to illnesses directly attributable to obesity is increasing each year. Obesity is even on the rise among children and young adults.
Interestingly enough, studies in the UK show that many overweight individuals are physically quite active. It means that a sedentary lifestyle is the cause of obesity only in the fraction of individuals. Perhaps the more significant reason for obesity is the wrong dietary choices and other behavioural issues.
Why is the fight against obesity so critical?
If obesity was just about looks or a few physical limitations, then there would not be a need for such a fight against obesity. It seems that obesity is, directly and indirectly, related to most of the ailments.
Obesity is not just about a higher risk of hypertension, diabetes, cardiovascular disease; it is much more. It may also mean altered sleep pattern, higher risk of emotional disorders, cancer, dementia, joint disorders, kidney disease, liver disorders, and so on.
Why traditional methods of managing obesity fail?
Two of the most commonly recommended ways of managing body weight are exercise and dietary changes. Both of these lifestyle interventions are good for health, but they fail to produce a satisfactory result.
Exercise alone often fails to counter obesity, as it may increase appetite and boost metabolism. It does not mean that exercise has no place in weight management. It just means that exercise alone is rarely enough.
Reducing total calorie intake along with exercise works, but again not in all the cases. Some individuals fail to follow the correct diet and exercise regime. Others may see some weight loss initially, but then things may get reversed. Many just lack enough motivation.
These observations indicate that perhaps there are more causes for obesity and not only a faulty lifestyle. Researchers think that many conditions have a bidirectional relationship with obesity. Just take an example of anxiety or depression; in these conditions, a person may eat more to improve mood. On the other hand, higher-calorie consumptions cause obesity and worsening of mood disorders. Thus, such individuals would need to counter their mood disorders along with lifestyle changes for adequate weight control – they need to break the vicious cycle.
Obesity has a similar kind of relationship with other ailments. Like those with low sleep quality may consume more calories. And obese individuals are less probable to have good quality sleep.
CBD may help
CiiTECHLABS realise that in a fight against obesity, there is a need to look beyond traditional recommendations of diet and exercise. There is a need to find novel ways to alter habits, influence appetite, counter other factors like anxiety, sleep issues, to counter the rise of metabolic disorders. CBD could be a useful tool in the fight against obesity due to its various effects.
Indeed, CBD does not suppress appetite, but it still helps in weight loss by altering metabolism, eating behaviour. It works by influencing the endocannabinoid receptors (ECs).
Studies show that cannabis users are less likely to be obese, even though it may even stimulate the appetite. It left many researchers puzzled, and they knew that there must be some explanation for this phenomenon. It is now evident that this happens due to CBDs impact on ECs.
ECs and their role in the human body are not fully understood yet. Nonetheless, slowly and steady science is making progress in solving this mystery. Now the science knows that these receptors are present in almost every part of the body from the brain to the liver and fat cells. Studies also confirm that obesity occurs due to overactivation of ECs. And CBD may help suppress these overactive ECs.
CBD influences the working of the number of organs, thus improving metabolism and reducing the risk of obesity. It acts on the liver, prevents excessive fat accumulation, improves fatty acids metabolism. CBD has hepatoprotective action.
CBD also acts on fatty tissues, increases thermogenesis and promotes the burning of fat tissues.
Its impact on the endocrine system may also explain its vast number of effects on human health.
CBD also seems to be good for the heart, may help reduce platelet aggregation.
There is a need to understand that once the person starts gaining bodyweight, his or her body undergoes through several changes. These changes are reversible. However, for many people, the traditional recipe of exercise and dietary measures does not seem to work, and they need something more. CBD is not for treatment of curing disease conditions but can help aid weight loss when used along with other measures.