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You’re Seven Feet Tall Because You Eat Too Much

by Fred Hahn on March 7, 2013

Or, do you just eat a lot when you’re seven feet tall? Think this is a dumb point to make?

When this young man walks into a room, does anyone think “Wow – that is one tall kid! He must be eating too much!”

No. Of course not. We know that he has a hormonal disorder. And yes, he eats more food than a five foot tall kid of the same age. But he didn’t grow to be seven feet tall because he stuffed his face with excess calories.

But when an obese kid (or adult) walks into a room, does anyone think “Wow – that is one obese person! He must be eating too much!”

Yes. Everyone does.

And while in most cases the obese person is eating more than a lean person, just like the super tall person eats more than the normal sized person, the cause of the excess intake is the same – a hormonal disorder.

Fat gain is the cause of obesity – not caloric consumption.

Obesity is a hormonal issue – not a numbers issue. Repeat after Gary Taubes – It’s biology, not physics.

Food for thought.

I've been involved in exercise ever since I became a member of The Charles Atlas Club when I was 10 years old. In 1998, I founded and established Serious Strength on the Upper West Side of NYC. My clients include kids, seniors (and everyone in between), top CEOs, celebrities, bestselling authors, journalists and TV personalities.
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in Childhood Obesity,Losing weight/diet,Nutrition,obesity,weight loss/diet · 36 comments

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Brandon Schultz, D.C. March 7, 2013 at 3:17 PM

Fred,

I love how this is stated! Fat gain/obesity as a result of a “pro-obesity” hormone balance vs. a non excess fat-storing hormone balance.

That SHOULD make a lot of sense to derive a solution: Create a lifestyle that creates and supports a non excess fat-storing hormone balance. SIMPLE!

I feel like that should make millions of people across the world do the “V8 forehead slap”.

In health,
Brandon

jpp March 9, 2013 at 6:40 PM

Dumb

Job March 10, 2013 at 4:54 AM

So what are you saying? That I can eat myself taller? Because I don’t believe you deny the fact that I CAN eat myself fat …

Ondrej March 10, 2013 at 6:29 AM

Fred,

do you realise there is a hormone that acts as insulin, but in relation to protein? What’s next? No Carb, No Protein, High Fad Diet? Will we eliminate everything? Or will you stop commenting on diet with no scientific background?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JTRIWxIq6fE

Ondrej is Lame March 11, 2013 at 4:07 AM

Ondrej, please stop trolling all over the Internet.

Donnie Hunt March 12, 2013 at 9:17 PM

Hi Fred,

I know the following is off topic but I wasn’t sure where to post it. I had asked you about your comments regarding “load being heavy enough to force a slow movement” on the RenEx site. Just to be clear I’m not questioning your integrity or anything like that. I’m just some guy that is interested in all this stuff.

What you advocate as far as load definately made me think. The idea of having to move slow due to the load makes sense even though I can’t totally explain why it makes sense. I guess because you’re close to the muscles maximum force producing capability. This doesn’t get you closer to injury potential?

Karl Hungus March 15, 2013 at 9:30 AM

Even if I lie down, I’m still the tallest guy in the room.

Vag Asill March 15, 2013 at 11:07 AM

Nice one Karl………is that a hormonal condition or because all of the fat you eat goes right to your sausage.

Karl Hungus March 15, 2013 at 11:46 AM

Hey, Vag, how’s it going? Did that infection ever clear-up for you?

As for your question, I’m not really sure. Maybe it’s my fat sausage that makes a hormone?

Vag Asill March 15, 2013 at 11:59 AM

Hungus if you must know, I am still “baking bread”……no thanks to your friend Mr Saks.

Knock knock!

Who’s there?

Hormone

Hormone who?

Are you the one who made the hormone all night long?

Karl Hungus March 15, 2013 at 12:21 PM

Vag,

Good one! That seems related to the above comment by Donnie Hunt:

“load being heavy enough to force a slow movement”

Donnie’s brother is Mike. Have you seen Mike Hunt?

KH

Vag Asill March 15, 2013 at 12:48 PM

Have I seen Mike Hunt? Have you seen yours? It’s hiding underneath that forty pound skin apron you walk around with! Stand on a mirror and get a whiff of jiff.

I had such a giant slow movement this morning I had to flush twice to get it to go down!

GO DOWN MOSES!

It was like a seven foot hormonally charged python!

Karl Hungus March 15, 2013 at 1:01 PM

That reminds me, I need to pick-up some cheese at Whole Foods.

I know what you mean about the toilet snake! Recently, I ate about a dozen dates rolled in coconut and about 18 dried apricots.

Big mistake.

The next morning, I gave birth to a friggin’ Duraflame LOG! I flushed too many times and caused a Toila-tsunami! It almost crested the rim, but, thankfully, subsided.

About three days later, the logjam finally disintegrated enough to scuttle the culprit. It was just in time, too, as my wife almost caught me peeing in the kitchen sink.

Vag Asill March 15, 2013 at 1:07 PM

Did you lift SMARTER and SANER or STRONGER and SLOWER, after you gave birth to the log? Also how did you cope with the “saggy colon” feeling once it was released? I need to know because my colon is dragging ass today.

Karl Hungus March 15, 2013 at 1:52 PM

When I lift now, I wear a diaper!

The “Duraflame Experience” was so bad, that I had colonoplasty surgery. It’s similar to vaginoplasty. Originally, it looked like a cross between a Slinky and a Pink Sock.

The procedure was denied by my insurance company, so I had to pay out-of-pocket. The HMO-suggested treatment involved using a drawstring apparatus — similar to a Hefty CinchSak or the cord on a set of horizontal mini-blinds.

Donnie Hunt March 16, 2013 at 11:28 PM

LOL!! You guys are outta control! LOL!

Karl Hungus March 18, 2013 at 7:15 PM

I’m glad you enjoyed the banter, Donnie. 😉 Hopefully, Fred will also find the humor in it, should he happen to stumble upon it.

By the way, I wasn’t kidding about eating the 12 dates rolled in coconut and 18 dried apricots! Truth is stranger than fiction!

Vag Asill, where did you go?!?

Donnie Hunt March 18, 2013 at 9:42 PM

You gotta be able to laugh and have a good time 🙂

Liz March 19, 2013 at 5:29 PM

Who the hell are you people?! lol those coconut dates sound awesome, but no thanks considering the aftermath, haha!

Donnie Hunt March 20, 2013 at 10:37 AM

@ Liz,

Pretty crazy converstaion going here eh? Lol!

@ Fred,

Had a rather eye opening workout last evening. Greatly as a result of some of your recommendations. Thank you!

Karl Hungus March 20, 2013 at 12:17 PM

Liz,

The dates rolled in coconut are awesome. I went overboard on them PLUS the dried apricots. But, if you only have a few, you shouldn’t need to cancel your appointments.

I get them in the bulk section at Whole Foods. I think the nutrition label on the bin states they have about 20g carbs each, if that’s a concern. They might have a gram or two of fiber, but I can’t be certain.

Karl

Liz March 20, 2013 at 3:57 PM

Thanks, Karl! 🙂

Logfloater April 10, 2013 at 9:58 AM

LOL!! This exchange is the best thing I’ve ever seen on this site. I love the metaphor, too. Since the article is crap, may as well talk about bowel movements. Classic!

Kari April 18, 2013 at 7:56 AM

Very interesting, never thought of it that way. So much of what we are is due to our genetic makeup and somehow we need to face up to this. Some people get lucky and others do not, and that is life.

CL April 22, 2013 at 9:10 PM

Very good comparison. Hadn’t thought of it in that light.

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Pete May 13, 2013 at 8:58 PM

Wow, what crap. I don’t see how you can get away with writing this BS and not have people completely discredit you.

I have studied in these area’s and saying “Fat gain is the cause of obesity – not caloric consumption” is a rediculous statement. You do realise fat is one of the ways we store energy and that fat contains calories?

So where is this ‘fat gain’ coming from? If you think this stored energy is coming from a source of no energy, you need to learn both biology and physics.

Some people are genetically predispositioned to more easily store fat. But we do not all lead the same lives. You don’t see sports people competing purely with what they are born with, they obviously train and make lifestyle changes in order to improve their health and performance.

Please stop misinforming people

Fred Hahn May 13, 2013 at 9:05 PM

Pete said:

“Wow, what crap. I don’t see how you can get away with writing this BS and not have people completely discredit you.”

****Maybe because it’s not crap?

I have studied in these area’s and saying “Fat gain is the cause of obesity – not caloric consumption” is a rediculous statement. You do realise fat is one of the ways we store energy and that fat contains calories?”

****Yes I do. You might want to read the blog from the beginning.

So where is this ‘fat gain’ coming from? If you think this stored energy is coming from a source of no energy, you need to learn both biology and physics.

****You might want to read the blog again.

Some people are genetically predispositioned to more easily store fat. But we do not all lead the same lives. You don’t see sports people competing purely with what they are born with, they obviously train and make lifestyle changes in order to improve their health and performance.

****And your point is…?

Please stop misinforming people

*****I never have.

Pete May 13, 2013 at 9:19 PM

If you consume excess calories you will not get taller, you will put on weight. Most likely excess body fat.

Reading it again will not explain how hormones make fat without an energy substrate.

My point is a person with excess body weight can minimize or reduce their weight. That kid did not have a choice

I’m not reading further than this page. – People will arrive at this page just as I have.

Fred Hahn May 13, 2013 at 9:51 PM

You sound as if you don’t speak English very well. Is this true?

Pete May 13, 2013 at 10:46 PM

I speak english just fine as a first language thanks, sorry if my punctuation is crap, but I’m sure you can decipher everything I’ve said, its not cryptic. I’ve made it as plain as possible.

Fred Hahn May 14, 2013 at 7:22 AM

Peter –

I never said that without any substrate you can gain fat. But if you read Good Calories Bad Calories by Gary Taubes you’ll see that in animals evenif fed less food than they require they will still gain fat for hybernation.

The point is that the interplay of hormoes and enzymes are the mechanisms by which our body regulates fat gain or loss. There is no caloric mechanism. Depending upon what you eat, you can eat more food – calories – than you are now and lose fat or gain fat.

Fat, protein and carbohydrate are different metabolically.

And you’re right – the 7 foot kid did not have a choice. But do some women who go through menopause and gain fat even though they are barely eating have a choice?

The choice of the 7 foot kid is to have an operation to slow or decrease the excess somatotropin (growth hormones).

The choice of the obese person is to slow or decrease the release of excess insulin (the main fat storage hormone).

Hope this helps.

Razwell August 27, 2014 at 7:58 PM

I have talked to numerous scientists from M.I.T.. The conservation fo energy principle, while valid, is NOT SUFFICIENT to EXPLAIN obesity and fat cell regulation/dysregulation specifically.

Energy can be led to MANY pathways and wasted as heat or POOPED out.

PETE is MISREPRESENTING things. While more energy is necessary to gain SOME form of mass – it CANNOT EXPLAIN WHY guys like Arnold gained mostly muscle and guys like FatMan of YouTube gain mostly fat.

Hormones and BIOCHEMISTRY ADDRESS energy partitioning. You have NO ARGUMENT, Pete. I talked with the best fo the best in this field of physics. This is BASIC STUFF. You are EXPLOITING and ABUSING the conservation of energy principle… I have researched this for 6 years straight non – stop and talked to about 50 different physicists.

The creation of fat cells is REGULATED PROCESS. Your body MUST GO OUT OF ITS WAY to create new ones. It is NOT something that just happens because of excess energy , NOR is it required to happen by physics. The first law is RELEVANT BUT NOT SUFFICIENT to overall mass gain HOWEVER, explain fat cell regulation SPECIFICALLY

Lastly, the laws of physics REMAIN PROVISIONAL and PERFECTIBLE.

Fred Hahn August 28, 2014 at 9:23 AM

Thanks Raz.

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