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why is obesity becoming so common?

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Dr. Dean Giannone
Internal Medicine 25 years experience
Lifestyle.: First, technology has made most of us quite sedentary, and as such we don't expend nearly as many calories as we used to. Second, busy lifestyles tend to beget grab-and-go types of foods, which are generally less healthy and actual relaxed sit-down meals. That's one way to see it.
Dr. Stuart Hickerson
Family Medicine 32 years experience
Obesity: If you look at obesity from a historical perspective there is a relation between sugar consumption and increased obesity.

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A 41-year-old member asked:

How do I know if I am obese or not?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Figure out one's BMI: The categories normal, overweight, and obese are defined by the body mass index (bmi), which is a measurement that looks at one's weight in comparison to her height. Tall people are allowed to weigh more than short people are. Bmi calculators are available at the doctor's office and also on the internet. An adult with a BMI of 18.5-24.9 is normal, 25-29.9 is overweight, and 30 or more is obese.
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A 25-year-old member asked:

What causes obesity to get worse?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Eat more, move less: Anything that causes an obese person to eat more calories or to exercise less will worsen his obesity. Examples: eating as a self-treatment for depression symptoms, eating due to hunger shortly after meals (from high Insulin levels combined with dropping blood sugar levels), not exercising due to being very out-of-shape, not exercising due to being embarrassed by one's public appearance, etc...
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A 37-year-old member asked:

Is obesity inherited?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Usually not: There are few inherited conditions which cause obesity. Most obesity is not inherited, but obesity does tend to be "familial". One can be genetically destined to have more efficient energy use, smaller energy needs, or "slower metabolism"; and thus may become obese even if eating just moderate amounts of food; but he won't get obese if he wills himself to eat less food. He didn't inherit obesity.
A 33-year-old member asked:

What are disadvantages of obesity?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Medical consequences: Medical consequences of obesity are many. Obese people can get cholesterol plaques in the arteries, high blood pressure, and type 2 diabetes. Liver damage from fatty liver (fat building up inside the liver) can start in teenagers, but heart damage should not appear until adulthood. Other problems include being teased by others and being too out-of-shape to fully participate in games & sports.
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Are there any advantages of obesity?

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Dr. Adam Nally
Family Medicine 40 years experience
No: There are no advantages to obesity. Increased adipose cells (fat cells) produce at least 170 know inflammatory producing hormones. Obesity spurs progression of all inflammatory based disease processes including osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, atherosclerosis, gout, kidney stones, gall stones, psoriasis, fungal infections, dementia, etc.

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