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A 45-year-old member asked:

is obesity a disease?

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Dr. Luis Villaplana
Internal Medicine 35 years experience
YES: Many factors play a role in it.
Dr. Michael Dansie
Family Medicine 16 years experience
Yes & getting worse: 33% us adults age 20 to 74 are obese, with the trends increasing 8% since 1980. It is increasing in children by 54% in ages 6-11 years old. On average, patients gain 1 pound per year after age 25.

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A 43-year-old member asked:

Are there any chronic disease that could lead to obesity?

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Dr. Andrea Bretal
Internal Medicine 24 years experience
Yes: There are some diseases that could lead to gain weight like thyroid problems and adrenals issues but is not the same kind of obesity epidemic that we see everyday related with bad food choices and lack of exercise.
A 39-year-old member asked:

What percent of people have obesity-related diseases and what percent is anorexic?

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Dr. Edward Kuhnley
Child Psychiatry 45 years experience
A 38-year-old member asked:

Is obesity a disease similar to a cold or a flu?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Yes and no: It is similar in that it is a condition that effects health but is dissimilar in that it is not communicable or contagious.
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 43-year-old member asked:

Please tell me what are common diseases caused by obesity?

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Dr. Liesa Harte
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Obesity Diseases: Obesity causes or contributes to diabetes type 2, hypertension, coronary artery disease, heart attacks, strokes, degenerative joint disease, cancers, infertility, gallstones, stomach ulcers, and back pain.

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