Obesity affects the intestines

Anatori Sealife Comments 0 23rd July 2018
obesity affects the intestines. Causes of Adiposity and weight loss treatment / hypothalamic disease

Obesity affects the intestines. As is known, the intestinal microbiota (microflora) depends quantitatively and qualitatively on many factors:

  • age (the percentage of lactobacilli and bifidobacteria in the colon of older adults decreases);
  • general body health state(presence of chronic gastrointestinal diseases);
  • medicines (antibiotics) intake;
  • genetic features of the body;
  • food.

Since obesity affects the intestines, let’s figure it out.

Vanessa Ridaura and her colleagues conducted a fascinating experiment. They obtained samples of intestinal microflora in four pairs of human twins (in which one of each pair was slim, and the other one was obese). They fed mice with fodder, rich in fibre and with a standard percentage of fat.

An ordinary mouse and a mouse suffering from obesity

It turned out that those mice that received the microflora of lean people retained a standard percentage of fat in the body in a few weeks, and those that got the intestinal microflora of fat people started gaining weight. When researchers placed the mice of both groups in one cage after infection, and they began to exchange microflora (the mice sometimes eat faeces), the microbiota of the lean “defeated” the fatty microbiota: both groups of mice remained slim.

How does obesity affect the intestines and how does it relate to the microflora?

Based on the results of these experiments, we can assume how obesity affects the gut. In the body, there is still a population of bacteria responsible for obesity. Besides, microbes accountable for reducing body weight are there too. The intake of fatty and low-fibre foods contributes to changes in intestinal microflora towards an increase in those bacteria that help to excess weight.

Of course, it is incorrect to say that dysbiosis is the only cause of obesity. The fact is that it is a pluricausal process. However, it can lead to metabolic disturbances in the body along with other predisposing genetic, environmental and social factors. Obesity occurs when the intake and formation of energy exceed body needs.


What is one of the primary sources of energy in the body?

It is glucose, of course. The results of the experiment with mice revealed an interesting fact. In short, the composition of the intestinal microflora with elevated blood glucose (diabetes mellitus) is similar to the formation of intestinal microflora of obese mice.

Now we know how obesity affects the intestines. Colonic irrigation with the probiotic implant can restore the intestinal microflora. I also strengthen its muscles, which will reduce the risk of obesity and help in dealing with it.