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what are your thoughts about obesity?

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Dr. Robert Killian
General Practice 28 years experience
Respect Obesity: I like this question. It may garnish a number of different responses. My first thought is that fear of obesity leads many people to be mean, prejudiced, and to treat the overweight poorly. I often think that the morbidly obese i see and treat may have some significant trauma in their past and they need compassion, caring, and understanding to get to a healthy place. Love one another.

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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.
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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...
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A 37-year-old member asked:

Is obesity inherited?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Usually not: There are few inherited conditions which cause obesity. Most obesity is not inherited, but obesity does tend to be "familial". One can be genetically destined to have more efficient energy use, smaller energy needs, or "slower metabolism"; and thus may become obese even if eating just moderate amounts of food; but he won't get obese if he wills himself to eat less food. He didn't inherit obesity.
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Are there any advantages of obesity?

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Dr. Adam Nally
Family Medicine 40 years experience
No: There are no advantages to obesity. Increased adipose cells (fat cells) produce at least 170 know inflammatory producing hormones. Obesity spurs progression of all inflammatory based disease processes including osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, atherosclerosis, gout, kidney stones, gall stones, psoriasis, fungal infections, dementia, etc.
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A 40-year-old male asked:

Age 40. Never been diabetic or fat. I thought Type 2 only afflicts fat/obese people. So if I've been diagnosed as pre-diabetic is it Type 1?

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Dr. Thomas Knecht
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Could be type 1: Hi. Yes, type 1 is certainly possible. Easiest way to tell would be to check type 1 autoantibodies (antibodies against GAD, IA-2, and insulin). There are, however, non-obese type 2's. Whatever type it is, control it well, eat a healthy diet, exercise regularly, control blood pressure and lipids, and don't smoke. Good luck!

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