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Doctor insights on: Diseases Caused By Obesity And Being Overweight

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What causes someone to go from overweight to obese?

What causes someone to go from overweight to obese?

About 30 lb over: Obesity is a bmi over 30. For most, that is about 30 lb over ideal weight. If you are 5 ft 5 in, your ideal weight us 150lb. So, if you weigh over 180, you would fall into the "obese" category. Of course, you can check a bmi calculator for your specific height and weights: http://www.Nhlbisupport.Com/bmi/. ...Read more

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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If a woman of short stature is overweight or obese do you think the excess weight will cause them to appear shorter in height?

If a woman of short stature is overweight or obese do you think the excess weight will cause them to appear shorter in height?

Why?: It is perception which is how one person looks at it.. And that is just their opinion. Obese or thin ones height is ones height... And whether they appear short or not really should not make any difference. Carry yourself as tall and that is what comes through! ...Read more

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Can being obese alone cause dvt im really overweight but very active I don't sit down all day but I'm worried I am trying to lose weight ?

Can being obese alone cause dvt im really overweight but very active I don't sit down all day but I'm worried I am trying to lose weight ?

Risk factor: Obesity is just a risk factor. Although, you are at greater risk of DVT but that doesn't mean you'll ever have one. The cardinal feature of DVT is swelling of one leg. ...Read more

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What causes insulin resistance besides obesity? Im not overweight at all, have been hypoglycemic since teens, now new diagnosis of insulin resistance.

What causes insulin resistance besides obesity? Im not overweight at all, have been hypoglycemic since teens, now new diagnosis of insulin resistance.

See integrative doc: Some forms of small intestine dysbiosis can cause insulin resistance is the new research into the human microbiome (gut). Happens in slender or skinny people, and worth investigating. Sounds secondary, and need to treat root cause, review your medical records, history, and do further work up. Taking PPI (anti acid meds) changes your pH, and this can be additive. Need a 2nd opinion to correlate! ...Read more

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How does limiting fats help fight against obesity and being overweight?

How does limiting fats help fight against obesity and being overweight?

More calories/gram: Fats contain 9 calories in every gram while carbs and protein have only 4 calories per gram. So eating a food that is mostly fat will give you more than 2 1/2 times the calories of a food the same size that is mostly carbs or protein. For example, putting a tablespoon of butter or margarine on a slice of bread will give you 2 1/2 times the calories as a tablespoon of jam, which is mostly carbs. ...Read more

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How can limiting ones intake of saturated fats help fight against obesity and being overweight?

How can  limiting ones intake of saturated fats help fight against obesity and being overweight?

If calories are less: Limiting one's intake of saturated fats helps fight against obesity only if the person is not eating non-saturated fats instead. Fats are fats, so saturated fats have the same number of calories as non-saturated fats. Substituting one fat for another fat won't change obesity. One would have to substitute with protein or whole-grain carbohydrates, to get fewer calories and loose some body fat. ...Read more

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How do overweight and obese differ?

How do overweight and obese differ?

Calculate BMI: Body mass index is the ratio of weight to height squared (in metric units). Overweight is regarded as a bmi of 25 or higher. Obesity is generally regarded as a bmi of 30 or higher. This calculator will allow you to figure out your bmi using pounds and inches: http://www.Nhlbi.Nih.Gov/guidelines/obesity/bmi/bmicalc.Htm. ...Read more

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How many pounds overweight is considered obese?

How many pounds overweight is considered obese?

Depends on height: The categories normal, overweight, and obese are defined by the body mass index (bmi), which is a measurement that looks at a person's weight in comparison to his height. Tall people are allowed to weigh more than short people are. Bmi calculators are available at a 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. ...Read more

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Dr. Quang Nguyen
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Obesity (Definition)

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