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Is weight management vital to good health?

4 doctor answers23 doctors weighed in
Dr. Quang Nguyen
Specializes in Endocrinology
Absolutely!: Aside from quitting smoking, it's one the more important thing you can do to improve your overall health.
Dr. Robert Lang
Dr. Robert Lang commented
Endocrinology 52 years experience
However, eating healthfully is even more important. Overweight people who eat healthfully have less illness than thin people who eat the wrong foods.
Dec 27, 2011
Dr. James Long
Dr. James Long commented
Internal Medicine 9 years experience
Obesity is one of the most important public health measures that needs to be addressed in this country.
Jan 6, 2013
Dr. David Miller
Dr. David Milleranswered
Family Medicine 10 years experience
YES: Weight management is absolutely, positively vital to good health. Despite what you may see on tv, there is no such thing as a "health but overweight" person. They might not have one foot in the grave but they are not healthy (or at least not as healthy as they could be). And even if bp, labs are normal now, given time these will become abnormal and effect overall health status.
Dr. Kevin Daus
Obstetrics and Gynecology 37 years experience
Yes: We as americans are killing ourselves by obesity and lack of exercise.
Dr. Robert Muroff
General Practice 45 years experience
Carrying weight: Carrying extra weight puts demand on the whole system. Fat tissue is living tissue, so the heart and lungs have to work harder to supply the extra tissue with oxygen and nutrients, and the muscle and joints experience more stress to move around the extra weight. The liver is a place where fat is stored, and the fat can push on the surrounding liver cells and effect the liver's function.

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