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obesity!? how do you stop eating?

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Dr. Michael Sinclair
Family Medicine 38 years experience
Depends: Why are you eating? If you are eating for any reason other than hunger and you are obese, then you need help. Diet pills work, but only temporarily. The most effective treatment is a lifestyle change. If i offer you a million dollars to loose 5 pounds this month, would you do it? If so, what is your life worth? Start with a call to your family doctor. Consider counseling, it really helps.

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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 29-year-old member asked:

What to do to stop eating if i'm obese?

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Dr. Jeff Blixt
Addiction Medicine 24 years experience
Seek help: Seek support, you can't stop eating right? Medications can be helpful tools for appetite and cravings, group support is helpful, weight watchers, over eaters anonymous. Focus on lean proteins, fruits and vegetables, whole grains, healthy nuts and legumes. Sugars and "white starches" are best avoided, no sugary beverages, none, some fruit yes but avoid even juices.
A 37-year-old member asked:

What happens if an obese person stops eating?

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Dr. Gregg Nishi
Bariatrics 22 years experience
Stop eating: An obese person, like a thin person, would lose weight if they stopped eating. If they did it long enough, they would become malnourished even if they were still obese. That's one thing that most people don't realize. You can be obese and be malnourished at the same time.

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