Obesity is a major health concern that impacts millions worldwide, especially in North America, and this topic was covered in MarketWatch’s May 2017 article entitled, “The U.S. is the most obese nation in the world, just ahead of Mexico.” While there are no clinical studies that show that regularily taking oral doses of organic sulfur can help a person to lose weight, circumstantial evidence suggests that it may be possible.
Definition of Obese
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention uses a formula called Body Mass Index (BMI) to determine whether an adult is considered obese.
BMI is a person’s weight in kilograms divided by the square of height in meters. A high BMI can be an indicator of high body fatness. If your BMI is 30.0 or higher, it falls within the obese range. At an individual level, BMI can be used as a screening tool but is not diagnostic of the body fatness or the health of an individual.
Example: a person who stands 5′ 9″ tall and weighs 203 lbs has a BMI of 30 and is considered obese. An individual whose BMI score is 40 or higher is sometimes categorized as “extreme” or “severe” obesity.
The National Institutes of Health has posted a chart called Body Mass Index Table 1 (see above screenshot) where adults who are 6′ 4″ tall or shorter and weigh 287 pounds or less can look up their BMI number.
Individuals can also use the online BMI Calculator tool on the CDC website to determine their BMI score (note: a metric conversion link is provided on the CDC web page).
Obesity rates in the U.S. have been rising steadily since 1988
According to statistics published by the CDC), the level of obesity in the United States among adults aged 20 and over increased from 22.9% in the 1988-94 period to 37.8% in 2013-14. The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development listed Mexico in second place with 32.4% of that nation’s population considered obese, followed by New Zealand, Hungary, Australia, and the United Kingdom. On the other end of the weight spectrum, the slimmest nations of the world include Japan (the lowest percentage of obesity at 3.7%), India, Korea, Indonesia, and China.
Weight loss programs such as low-carb and low-fat diets
Researchers who conducted a year-long clinical study involving over 600 participants in the San Francisco Bay Area determined that a low-fat or low-carb diet produce similar weight loss results and improvements in metabolic health markers. Led by Dr. Christopher Gardner of Stanford University, the study evaluated volunteers who were between the ages of 18 and 50 and had BMI scores ranging from 28 to 40. The control groups excluded people who had diabetes, heart disease, cancer, uncontrolled high blood pressure, or who were pregnant or lactating.
Both groups attended classes taught by registered dietitians. During the first two months, the participants were instructed to minimize their intake of fats or carbohydrates (as appropriate). Afterward, they were advised to make a slight increase in their level of fats or carbs to determine how much they could tolerate and still lose weight.
Some of the study results surprised the researchers, as noted in Beth Skwarecki’s report that was published in Life Hacker in Feb 2018:
• Insulin production and tested genes had no impact on predicting weight loss success.
• Several individuals from each group lost over 55 pounds.
• Some participants didn’t lose weight at all or even gained up to 22 pounds.
Near the end of her report, Ms. Skwarecki offered this interesting assessment of the study:
Both diets involved a focus on eating lots of veggies and less sugar, but this study doesn’t prove whether that’s enough; it might be that you also need a nutrient to minimize.
Could organic sulfur help stimulate weight loss?
MSM (methylsulfonylmethane or organic sulfur) is naturally found in fresh fruits, vegetables, meat, and seafood, and has been detected in tea, coffee, and chocolate. MSM helps eliminate toxins and waste that accumulate in the cells and the digestive system. It affects energy levels and carbohydrate metabolism due to its importance in insulin production and blood-sugar levels. With its ability to energize the cells in our body and alleviate pain in the joints and elsewhere, MSM may be able to have an indirect effect in achieving weight loss by enabling people to become more active.
Health, United States, 2016 (PDF)
With Chartbook on Long-term Trends in Health
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
The U.S. is the most obese nation in the world, just ahead of Mexico
Barbara Kollmeyer | MarketWatch
Published: May 29, 2017
A Big New Diet Study Just Disproved a Lot of Pet Theories on Weight Loss
Beth Skwarecki | Life Hacker
Feb 20, 2018
Low-fat vs low-carb? Major study concludes: it doesn’t matter for weight loss
Feb 21, 2018
MSM & Weight Loss
by Betty Holt | LiveStrong
July 18, 2017
The Importance of Organic Sulfur
by Jonathan Glauser | Mountain Well-Being
Dec 12, 2013