Is ‘severe dieting’ extremely harmful to our health?
California: A joint study by German and American scientists has found that people who eat too little to become obese have an increased number of harmful germs in their stomachs.
The first phase of the months-long study involved 80 female volunteers who were obese, half of whom were fed only 800 calories a day for 16 weeks.
The other half of the women continued to eat as usual, consuming 2,000 calories a day.
At the end of the study, it was found that women who continued their diet as usual did not lose weight as expected.
On the other hand, women on a strict diet did not have much success in losing weight, although there was a significant reduction in the types of germs in their stomachs.
The analysis also revealed that the dangerous type of bacterium “C. difficile” (C. difficile) had increased its number in the stomach of these women. These germs cause severe cholera and abdominal cramps, but apparently no such symptoms were seen in these women.
In the next phase, the feces of women on a strict diet were transplanted into rats, which not only reduced the total number of microbial species in their stomachs, but also increased the number of C-type bacteria.
Although the study found a link between severe dieting and abdominal health, experts said it was just the beginning of a wider work, with much more to be learned than just confirming the findings.
Although the new study, published in the journal Nature, does not prove that severe dieting can lead to stomach ailments, it does reduce the types of stomach germs and increase the number of harmful germs. This is a matter of concern for experts.
There are billions, if not trillions, of microbes in our stomachs, most of which are good for our health. Rather, it would be more accurate to say that human health depends largely on the balance between these same microscopic bodies (germs and viruses, etc.).
In such a case, it would be a serious mistake to underestimate the reduction in the types of stomach germs and the increase in the number of C-deficiencies as a result of dieting.