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A 16-year-old member asked:

how do you exactly get buff if you're overweight?

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Dr. George Valdez
Specializes in Family Medicine
Yes: Eat healthier, exercise more.
Dr. David Sneid
Endocrinology 41 years experience
Diet/exercise: Diet and exercise are the only effective methods, but it's hard to get "buff" if you've been overweight because the skin has been stretched out and stays that way even if you lose weight and enlarge your muscles.
Dr. Larry Nichter
Cosmetic Surgery 36 years experience
Diet and Exercise: Count your calories, mostly plant based diet but with a good protein source, eat 3 small meals a day, plenty of water, both aerobic exercise and resistance exercise. A trainer to start is often a great idea.

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A 39-year-old member asked:

What are the reasons that people are overweight?

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Dr. Scott Bolhack
Wound care 35 years experience
Getting Fat: Calories in = calories burned to maintain weight. Despite all of the hoopla, fad diets, mystic messages given to the public by the soothsayers, the desire to believe in magical powers of specific foods, simple exercises reported to burn an inordinate amount of energy: it is all a fantasy. If you eat more calories than you burn, you will gain weight.
A 29-year-old member asked:

How can I find out if I am really overweight?

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Dr. M. Jay Petruska
Family Medicine 32 years experience
Obesity: A good place to start is to find out your body mass index which is a ratio of your height and weight. Please remember that BMI does not take into account whether you are mail or female, or your body type.
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A 25-year-old member asked:

Why do alcoholics have a tendency to be overweight?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Alcohol has calories: Because alcoholics are already drinking large amounts of toxic-to-the-liver alcohol every day, they are usually not health-conscious people. So, they may be eating too much junk food and not exercising. Also, alcoholic drinks have lots of calories. Examples: 3 ounces of vodka/rum/whiskey = about 200 calories; 12 oz beer = 150 cal; 12 oz light beer = 100 cal; 6 oz wine = 170 cal.
A 36-year-old member asked:

Is it true that overweight person is more likely to get irregular heartbeats?

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Dr. Michael Fenster
Cardiology 31 years experience
Yes: Being extremely overweight has been identified in some studies as a risk factor for the development of abnormal heart rhythms like atrial fibrillation. However more important to cardiovasvular health seems not to be total mass, often measured as body mass index (bmi), but fat distribution. Those with a lot of belly fat, or visceral adipose tissue (vat) are at higher risk based on the amount of vat.
A 48-year-old member asked:

Being 5'10 and almost twenty years old, am I overweight at 160 ?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
BMI 23: This Body Mass Index of 23 at 20 is considered within the normal range for both men and women. To be more specific with answers it helps if you provide more information, like gender in this case.

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