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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.
Dr. William Haynes
Endocrinology 37 years experience
Calculate BMI: Body mass index is the ratio of weight to height squared (in metric units). Overweight is regarded as a bmi of 25 or higher. Obesity is generally regarded as a bmi of 30 or higher. This calculator will allow you to figure out your bmi using pounds and inches: http://www.Nhlbi.Nih.Gov/guidelines/obesity/bmi/bmicalc.Htm.

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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...
A 47-year-old member asked:

I know that doctors are not totally in agreement as to whether obesity is a disease. What about whether obesity is psychological or physical?

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Dr. Frank Lane
Psychiatry 39 years experience
Excellent question!!: Obesity is a condition that may result from another illness but it almost always will lead to "secondary" illnesses such as hypertension, type ii diabetes, degenerative joint disease, reflux, sleep apnea, heart disease, etc. The primary cause of obesity in america today is a combination of poor diet management and too little physical exercise. Psychology plays a huge role, which is great for tx!
A 41-year-old member asked:

Interested to know how does obesity affect your health?

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Dr. Stanley Schwartz
Endocrinology 52 years experience
In many: Increases risk of diabetes high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart and vascular disease even those who are 'metabolically healthy' have increase risk arthritic complaints, sleep apnea vein trouble in legs so all obese patients should be treated agressively.
A 35-year-old member asked:

Please let me know if there is a link between the obesity epidemic and phlalates (xenoestrogenic compounds)?

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Dr. Mabria Loqman
Bariatrics 38 years experience
No: Body fat produces excess estrogens. Xenoestrogens are from sources outside the body
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A 32-year-old member asked:

How to know if i'm fat or obese?

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Dr. Marc Neff
Specializes in General Surgery
Obese fat: Medically speaking, you can calculate your body mass index. This is a calculation based on your height and your weight. You can search this on the internet and plug in the numbers. A bmi 25-29 is overweight. 30-34 is class 1 obesity. 35-39 is class two obesity. 40 or above is class three obesity. Your risk of medical illnesses increases with your bmi.

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