Dehydration: The Real Killer Behind Chronic Obesity
People think fatty proteins simply congeal in the arteries causing clogs. This is not entirely untrue, but the real concern with heart-disease is healthy cardiac cells.
Your circulatory system can handle a good deal of clogs and blockages, so long as its cells are supplied with an appropriate amount of energy, water and nutrients. You've probably noticed the reported links between obesity and cancer rates. A chronically obese lifestyle leads to unhealthy cells. Why? Not enough resources per cell.
They say you should drink eight glasses of water per day. We don't actually know if that's true, but we know the correct number isn't zero glasses. It could be ten, but let's be conservative and say an adult of healthy body mass needs six glasses a day in order to keep all his cells adequately hydrated to the point where he will live a natural full life-expectancy. (You can get water other ways such as veggies, but the average American diet contains far more crap which incidentally dehydrates rather than hydrates.)
The BMI chart say a 5'10" male should weigh 150 lbs. He needs six glasses of water per day, otherwise he'll have health problems earlier in life than is naturally expected. That's 48 oz, or two ounces less than a Double Gulp from 7-11. Not a crazy amount of water, but think about how often you only had two or three glasses of water during days where soda, coffee, beer and wine made up the rest of your fluids.
Now imagine you weigh 300 pounds. You have roughly double cells as a healthy person. And all those cells need hydration and nourishment. Are you drinking 100 oz. of water each day? You better be! Because there are only so many times your cells can die and replace themselves with perfect copies, which is why people who don't wear sunscreen can tend to look old before their time.
For a well hydrated person, you are looking at about 80 - 85 years before you start getting cancer and heart-attacks naturally. When I say naturally, I mean, the DNA in your cells have these things called telomeres. Think of telomeres as the little plastic tips on the end of your shoelaces which keep them from fraying.
Whenever a normal, undamaged cell in your body dies of natural causes (roughly once every seven years), the cell reproduces itself, The young cell is a copy, and then -- seven years later -- a copy of a copy. Every time it reproduces, it is exactly the same except the telomere is shorter. Once it starts to fray like a shoe-lace, you get liver-spots, skin-tags, heart-attacks, cancer... all sorts of originally unintended things.
If cells don't get enough oxygen, water and nutrients, we are literally starving our cells. People who over-eat are under-nourished. Taking in too many proteins and sugars generates new cells, which raises the amount of phyto-nutrients (for example) needed to keeps existing cells healthy. In other words, over-eating is causing our bodies to starve. (Again, at the cellular level.)
It's not unlike a fallen great empire of history. You can be massive, but if your organs' infrastructural constituents are not strong and sustained over a long period of time, the entire thing crumbles from the inside out.
So lets say all our cells can reproduce about twelve times, before the noise of nature overcomes their intact structures. That's 84 years of entirely average life, all other things being
Now let's say I'm an obese man weighing 300 pounds, and my cells and organs are getting half of what they need (and we'll start the clock at age 26, since the very young have Wolverine-like regenerative capabilities). Half of 84 years is 42, tacked on to the end of my 26th year. 42 + 26 = 68.
All other things being equal, I can can expect 68 years of natural life. That's an average of 16 years taken off my life because I have too many cells to hydrate with water and nourish with phyto-nutrients. This is not to say that we chronic 300-pounders can simply compensate for our extra cells by simply knocking back two double-gulps of water per day. We don't know that the kidneys can re-insert enough of that fluid back into the blood stream for a sustained a period of time, especially without being over-used and aged artificially in their own right.
There's a reason there aren't many bariatric geriatrics, and that's because a chronically obese human enters their "natural" old-age much earlier. Best thing to do... well... you don't want to hear it, and neither do I!