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Doctor insights on: Big Boned People Are Overweight Due To Their Bones

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Dr. Lisa Saponaro
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Overweight (Definition)

Nearly two-thirds of the United States population is overweight. There are many ways to determine if a person is overweight, but experts believe that a person's body mass index (BMI) is the best way to assess an adult's weight in relation to their height. * A BMI between 18.5 and 24.9 is considered normal. * Adults with a BMI between 25 and 29.9 are considered overweight. There are exceptions. For example, an athlete may have a higher BMI but not be overweight. * Adults with a BMI greater than 30 are considered obese. * Adults with a BMI greater than or equal to 40 are considered extremely obese. * Anyone more than 100 pounds overweight is considered morbidly obese. A person with a high BMI may have a normal amount of body fat is they have ...Read more


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Is it true you can be considered overweight because of. Thick bone density?

Is it true you can be considered overweight because of. Thick bone density?

No: High bone density may add a very small (<5%) to your weight. Overweight and obesity are defined as bmi's of 25 to 29.9 and 30 or higher respectively. To contrast, normal weight correlates with a bmi of 18.5 to 24.9. Fine a bmi calculator on the internet and generate your number. Bone mass if an extremely small variable. ...Read more

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What to do if i feel like I am overweight, but i'm not sure if bone density is a part of the equation?

No: Bone density is separate issue from being overweight. Typically people who weigh more tend to have normal bone density unless they have diabetes as skeleton usually has to be stronger to carry more weight. Diabetes either type 1 or type 2 can be associated with thin bones despite patient's weight. ...Read more

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Hi doctors,my ankles always look swollen.The bone is not visible but i feel no pain at all,is it bcz iam overweight only or something else too?

Hi doctors,my ankles always look swollen.The bone is not visible but i feel no pain at all,is it bcz iam overweight only or something else too?

Yes plus : With more weight the heart and veins have to work harder to transmit the blood back up to the heart as the system is fighting against gravity. If u have varicose veins u are also more likely to have more swelling in legs. Compression socks help. Exercise is key as it helps with weight loss and gets your vascular system working better so the blood flow will improve by allowing u'r muscles to help ...Read more

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My whole body and even my bones ache terribly, especially from early evening onwards. I crave sweet foods right up until bed time. 44 and overweight.

My whole body and even my bones ache terribly, especially from early evening onwards. I crave sweet foods right up until bed time. 44 and overweight.

Fibromyalgia: Fm is a generalized systemic condition that is characterized by widespread aching or pain throughout the body. To be included in the diagnosis of fm, this pain should be located in at least three out of four quadrants of the body or along the entire spine for a minimum of three months. Rec.: see your pcp, if diagnosed, use east-west integrative medicine. ...Read more

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Why can I feel & see a sharp bone right under my ankle bone? I get it when I do a lot of walking & skipping rope, Im not overweight, im 160cm and 55 kg

Why can I feel & see a sharp bone right under my ankle bone? I get it when I do a lot of walking & skipping rope, Im not overweight, im 160cm and 55 kg

Not enough info: An unusual bony prominence needs to be clinically palpated and examined as well as radiograhically evaluated. If you have pain and tenderness in the area, I would recommend a foot & ankle specialist! ...Read more

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Xray of knee found bone lesions. Dr said their not worried just recheck in 6 months. Im worried tho. Can it be from overweight? Please let me know

Xray of knee found bone lesions. Dr said their not worried just recheck in 6 months. Im worried tho. Can it be from overweight? Please let me know

Not likely but: We see many things on plain x-rays of the bones. There are many that we are born with or part of our growth, or old injuries. Being overweight causes problems in the joints or may be associated with hidden fractures. Without seeing the images, I cannot really tell what the doctors think it is. If you want a second opinion, I can review the images for you. ...Read more

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Golf-ball-sized areas of swelling behind (beside) my ankle bones. 33, female. No discoloration, no pain. Overweight, no hypertension. Non-smoker.

Golf-ball-sized areas of swelling behind (beside) my ankle bones. 33, female. No discoloration, no pain. Overweight, no hypertension. Non-smoker.

Ankle swelling: I am glad you do not have hypertension and don't smoke but being overweight is not good at your age. You need to see a specialist about this. More important for now, you must see a foot specialist about your ankle swelling. Hope all goes well - please keep me posted. ...Read more

Bone (Definition)

Bone is a living growing tissue made mostly of collagen (protein that provides soft framework) & the mineral calcium phosphate that adds strength & hardens the framework. Two types of bone are found in the body; cortical (dense compact outer layer) & trabecular (makes up inner layer, ...Read more