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About How Many People In The Us Are Considered Obese
Education.: We have to target the young, I feel. Teach young kids the value of proper nutrition and regular exercise. Limit time with video games, computers and texting. At home, emphasize healthy food choices at the family table where everyone eats together. Desserts are special, not daily. Teach the kids,,and their parents and grandparents will follow. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
The definition started with Louis Israel Dublin, chief statistician of the Metropolitan life insurance company, in the early 1940s, as a BMI >25 (definitely >30) for people in their 20's based on retrospective observational life insurance data of the age at which people died later in life. This was subsequently adopted by the medical disease industry. However, BMI is ...Read more
Many options: Nutrition and dietary information can be made more readily available. School systems can improve the education of the students so they understand diet and nutrition. Pressure is being put of some companies to limit fat and salt in their products. In a few places there are limitations of the size of portions. It really is a measure of education and understanding. ...Read more
BMI: Your Body Mass Index is calculated by dividing weight (kilograms) by height (meters) squared. A BMI of 18.5 to 24.9 is considered a healthy weight. BMI of 25-29.9 is overweight. Obesity is defined as BMI over 30 and morbid obesity is BMI 40 and above. You can calculate your BMI based on your height and weight. ...Read more
Unclear: Obesity runs with many illnesses related to a sedentary, overindulgent lifestyle (hypertension, atherosclerosis, liver damage, diabetes), yet japan's sumo wrestlers, who are obese but are elite exercises clearly suffer no adverse effects. Bashing 'obesity' as a 'killer' is good politics but the truth may be deeper -- a marker for other risky life choices. ...Read more
> 25% for men: Body fat percentage is total body fat expressed as percentage of total body weight. Cut-off point defining obesity is >25% for men. Body fat percentage=1.2xbmi +0.23xage-5.4-10.8xgender. (gender=o for females and 1 for males). Body mass index (bmi) is the weight in kilograms divided by the height in meters squared to equal the percentage range in which one's bmi should fall. 30 or > is obese. ...Read more
BMI < 25 kg/m2: You can look at tables on the internet for body mass index (bmi), which is a rough guide. It is calculated by formulas based on gender, height, and weight. A bmi 25-30 is overweight, > 30 obese, and >35 morbidly obese. There are some exceptions like a tall muscular nba player who may have a high bmi, but is hardly fat. ...Read more
Eating: The bottom line is that if you take in more calories than you expend, your body will save it as fat. Bad food choices coupled with a lack of exercise are probably the causes. Thin people eat healthy food [fruits, vegetables, lean meats and dairy] and they are active. Obese people are, in general, not active and have poor eating habits. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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