Ayla, I think that there are a lot of things about serious obesity that we just don't understand. Does obesity cause diabetes, or does a tendency to diabetes cause obesity, which then gets the disease to appear? What is the difference in levels of obesity? IOW do we really treat someone who is 30% overweight the same as someone who is 100% overweight? How about the genetic component - how do we help people with over 38 genes that trigger obesity?
How do we help people who were allowed to get fat when they were children? Children who are overfed can actually have an increased number of fat cells, whereas once we're adults, the number is fixed and the size changes. So, barring liposuction, how do we help people who were fed as children to the point that they have more fat cells than is healthy? Or is lipsuction the answer for them?
Since the medical community is only going to pump us full of drugs and tell us to eat low fat high grain diets, we're on our own. I guess the only answer is to keep experimenting on ourselves until we find the answer for each of us. n=1
You have stored energy (I've got a bunch too, just a lot less than last year). That's what adipose tissue is. Many people, for various reasons, do medically supervised water fasts lasting as long as 30 days and I never see headlines about them dying. Or any of them saying that because they went into starvation mode, they became chronically overweight.