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Doctor insights on: Can You Be Morbidly Obese And Healthy

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How obese do you have to be to be considered morbidly obese?

How obese do you have to be to be considered morbidly obese?

BMI 40 or higher: Body mass index is the ratio of weight to height squared. Overweight is regarded as a bmi of 25 or higher. Obesity is a bmi of 30 or higher. Morbid obesity is a bmi 40 or higher, and is associated with increased increased disease, disability and death. This calculator will allow you to figure out your bmi using pounds and inches: http://www.Nhlbi.Nih.Gov/guidelines/obesity/bmi/bmicalc. ...Read more

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Obesity (Definition)

A condition in which a person has too much body fat, with a BMI greater than 30. This indicates the person is not in in good health. It is not the same as being overweight because weight can come from other things like muscle, bone, ...Read more


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Can someone be obese and healthy?

Can someone be obese and healthy?

Obesity=Unhealthy.: There is a population of people who are overweight and are considered healthy as they're pretty functional and have no medical issues. But obesity is generally considered unhealthy and dangerous. ...Read more

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If you're fat, are you automatically unhealthy? Can you be healthy and fat?

If you're fat, are you automatically unhealthy? Can you be healthy and fat?

Generally unhealthy.: True, there is a population of people called "healthy fat" who are overweight but are pretty functional and have no real medical ills, but it's generally well accepted that obesity is unhealthy and leads to myriad medical problems. ...Read more

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Can you be underweight or a healthy weight and still have binge eating disorder?

Can you be underweight or a healthy weight and still have binge eating disorder?

Yes: Yes, binge eating disorder sufferers are usually close to normal weight. ...Read more

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Do you have to be severely underweight to be anorexic? Can you be fat and anorexic?

Do you have to be severely underweight to be anorexic? Can you be fat and anorexic?

Underweight: Usually the person weights less than 85% of the weight that is considered normal for their age and height. A stricter guideline is a body mass index equal to or below 17.5 kg/m2. ...Read more

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Can you be considered obese if you have a normal body weight?

Can you be considered obese if you have a normal body weight?

Yes: You can have a normal weight, but if your body fat percentage is high enough, you may be considered obese — a condition known as normal weight obesity. Normal weight obesity means you may have the same serious health risks as does someone who's obese. Obesity is defined as having an excessive amount of body fat — not as weighing too much. A formula called body mass index (BMI) is used to determine whether you're at a healthy weight for your height. But BMI doesn't tell the whole story because it doesn't measure body fat. So you may have a normal BMI while your body fat percentage is high enough to increase health risks. Researchers are still trying to determine what percentage of body fat counts as obesity when your weight is normal, and whether guidelines should be different depending on your age and sex. Like obesity, normal weight obesity may increase your risk of serious health problems, including: Heart disease, Diabetes, Abnormal cholesterol — a high triglyceride level but a low level of high-density lipoprotein (HDL, or "good") cholesterol, High blood pressure, Metabolic syndrome. If you're concerned about your body fat percentage, talk to your doctor. Your doctor may want to measure your body fat and recommend additional tests to see if you're at risk of obesity-related conditions. Your doctor may also encourage you to start eating healthier and increase your activity level. ...Read more

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Can you be underweight or a healthy weight and yet still have binge eating disorder?

Can you be underweight or a healthy weight and yet still have binge eating disorder?

Yes: Weight isn't the only variable with eating disorders. See your doctor if you suspect your have a binge eating problem. ...Read more

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Can you still have diabetes at a healthy weight or diet?

Can you still have diabetes at a healthy weight or diet?

Yes: There are lean people who have diabetes. Sometimes they've had type i diabetes from childhood, where the pancreas just doesn't produce insulin. Type ii diabetes happens more often in overweight adults because of Insulin resistance. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if a super morbidly obese person lost the weight, would they still have complications?

Can you tell me if a super morbidly obese person lost the weight, would they still have complications?

Super obese: It depends on so many things. How heavy they were, how much weight they lose, what medical problems they had, how severe they were, etc. However, no matter how you look at it, the super obese individual that loses a significant amount of weight will be much healthier and have a lower risk of death than if they stayed super obese. ...Read more

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If you're a healthy BMI when you get pregnant but gain pregnancy weight and it causes your BMI to be in the overweight randge, is that unhealthy?

If you're a healthy BMI when you get pregnant but gain pregnancy weight and it causes your BMI to be in the overweight randge, is that unhealthy?

It depends/unlikely,: This depends on how much weight is gained during pregnancy. The average woman is expected to gain about 25 pounds during pregnancy and would likely still be overweight after it. So it's normal to be overweight in pregnancy. However, if the BMI was high normal before pregnancy it might be smart to have a diet and exercise program after the pregnancy. Best of luck. ...Read more

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How much extra weight do you need to be considered obese?

How much extra weight do you need to be considered obese?

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

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Is it true if your obese and you exercise allot and eat healthy you can lose weight quickly the first week?

Is it true if your obese and you exercise allot and eat healthy you can lose weight quickly the first week?

Weight loss: It is common to lose more weight the first week, compared to subsequent weeks. Most of this is due to the loss of water weight the first week. If you have fluid retention or edema, this can be substantial. ...Read more

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Can it be healthy to be overweight?

Can it be healthy to be overweight?

No: Overweight puts stress on your joints, and may lead to diabetes with complications including cataracts, glaucoma, heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, etc. Overweight is not healthy and one should make an attempt to try to improve lifestyle changes with healthy diet and increased activity in an attempt to have a normal weight. ...Read more

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How is it that an obese person could lose weight with diet and exercise and not weight loss surgery?

How is it that an obese person could lose weight with diet and exercise and not weight loss surgery?

Risk: So many things improve with diet and exercise (cardiovascular health, decreased cancer risks, joint health, stress, muscle tone, diabetes, etc) that the benefits are amplified many-fold. Weight loss surgery on the other hand basically puts your body in a situation where it starves. U lose the weight but do not gain the other health benefits. Surgery is for those who have no other good options. ...Read more

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Why do overweight/obese people gain weight so fast and get even fatter after being on a very restrictive diet?

Why do overweight/obese people gain weight so fast and get even fatter after being on a very restrictive diet?

Insulin resistant: Insulin is the hormone that drives sugar into the cells where it is stored as fat. Most obese folks are insulin resistant, and have high levels of insulin. That's why Metformin is such an effective weight loss agent. Metformin restores insulin receptor sensitivity, reduces the body's insulin requirement, resulting in reduced carbohydrate cravings and reduced storage of fat. ...Read more

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I'm a severely overweight person (150kg/6ft). Trying to change this with diet and exercise. What are some good snacks that i can eat that are healthy?

I'm a severely overweight person (150kg/6ft). Trying to change this with diet and exercise. What are some good snacks that i can eat that are healthy?

Nutritionist: Fruits and vegetables including carrots, celery, berries, and even some nuts are healthy alternatives. You may want to discuss options with a nutritionist. ...Read more

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Can you get pancreatitis from eating unhealthy and being overweight?

Possibly: Pancreatitis is usually due to gallstones or alcohol. There are a number of rare causes. Unhealthy eating and overweight could cause gallstones, and then the pancreatitis. Blood tests and an ultrasound of the gallbladder would be helpful. Pancreatitis due to gallstones can be serious requiring surgery. ...Read more