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A 22-year-old female asked:

how we can measure obesity ?by what ?

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Dr. Francine Yep
Family Medicine 31 years experience
Height and weight: You use your height and weight to calculate your body mass index (bmi). Normal is 18.5-25. Underweight is less than 18.5. Overweight is 25-29.99. Obese is 30 or more. Bmi helps us guess how much body fat we have. Therere many calculators you can find on the web or app for phone. Just plug in your height and weight. Be well!
Dr. Matt Wachsman
Internal Medicine 36 years experience
Various scales: certainly just weight and height is good enough for most people. Gold standard is an MRI which measures every dot for whether it is fat, air, muscle, water due to chemical vibration under magnetic field. ALmost perfect correlation with measuring fatness with calipers. so... scale, calipers you can measure density with dunking someone in a pool and measuring how well they float; not necessary.

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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.
A 48-year-old member asked:

How can you overcome obesity?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Eat less, & exercise: Obesity can be overcome by a permanent change in lifestyle and in personal outlook. If a person eats fewer calories than he needs to live on each day, his body will use the stored fuel (fat). If a person exercises more than he did before, but does not start eating more calories, then his body will use up the fat (stored fuel). Easier said than done, but definitely possible to do.
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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...
A 33-year-old male asked:

Please what are the 30 hazards of obesity syndrome and the therapeutic measures on obesity?

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Dr. Ernie Ordonez
Bariatrics 57 years experience
Metabilic syndrome: Heart diseases, cancers(most fearful) diabetes, arthritis, neurodegenerative diseases, etc. Lifestyles change, your best approach. See an expert.
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A 17-year-old female asked:

Where should I measure my waist at if I am obese?

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Dr. Thomas Knecht
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Waist circumference: Hi. Your waist circumference is measured with the tape measure at the top of tor pelvic bone and across your belly button. For a woman, under 35 inches places you at lower risk if metabolic diseases related to obesity, such as type 2 diabetes. Eat healthily and exercise regularly!

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