ADAM 3XL : A Wonderful Answer to Obesity

Adam 3XL is a fascinating story about basketball, love and friendship... and the answer to obesity. Adam, a basketball player, struggles to overcome his personal crisis that caused him to gain weight and lose sight of his goals and dreams. This novel appeals to young people or anyone concerned with a healthy life and sustainable weight loss as it conveys an emotionally engaging, positive message about health and happiness. By encouraging readers to identify with the hero, it empowers them for personal change.
              Why This Book Was Written



   For more than 20 years, I have been interested in preventive medicine. The findings of the Framingham Study and the publications by Dr. Dean Ornish with his landmark concept on the treatments of coronary heart disease formed the basis for my daily work in prevention. After developing a viable concept for long-term weight reduction, I began a long phase of lecturing. The topic was nearly always nutrition, exercise, and diseases of civilization, which are now dominated by the metabolic syndrome or syndrome X. This syndrome describes the simultaneous occurrence of overweight, high blood pressure, diabetes, and lipid metabolic disorder. Arteriosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) develops as a result. The subsequent heart attacks or strokes are the most frequent occurrences, which are often fatal.

   More than 5,000 works of medical science are published every day, many of which deal with this topic. Diabetes mellitus is by far the best-researched metabolic disease in medicine. But it is also justifiable to question the concrete benefit of this research.

   In modern-day America, children will no longer attain the age of their parents, despite the enormous advances in modern medicine. This bleak development has been caused by the epidemic-like occurrence of overweight, a new type of non-hereditary diabetes mellitus, and large-scale bad eating habits accompanied by too little exercise.

   How should we deal with this overwhelming problem? The communication of scientific facts is apparently not very helpful in reconciling overweight people with their bodies in the long run.

   But if you tell them a story in which they see themselves - where they can identify with the protagonist and share in his dreams, a story that ultimately leads to a happy ending - then you can reach them in their heart of hearts. Then they want to change. And then they will change.

   And so I have told this little story of a basketball player who became ill with syndrome X while he was young. With the help of an old doctor and eight simple rules, he succeeded in regaining his health, reaching his goal, and fulfilling his dream.

   I wrote this book because I can reach significantly more people with this story than would be possible for me with consultations or lectures during my lifetime. But I also wrote it because I still firmly believe that books can improve our lives. I trust in a wonderfully old-fashioned educational ideal based on the deep faith that human beings in any kind of plight still have the power to pull themselves up by their own bootstraps if they just pick up the right book and read it .