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Doctor insights on: Factors That Contributed To The Global Increase In Obesity

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What is a factor that has contributed to the global increase in obesity?

What is a factor that has contributed to the global increase in obesity?

Too many 2 count: Where to start? Convenience foods, fast foods, commercial advertising for soda etc... Decrease in the importance of sit down family dinners... Obesity is a multifactoral problem with many causes that we have yet to identify. Fixing the obesity epidemic is also going to have to be tackled from several different angles.. ...Read more

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Dr. Quang Nguyen
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Obesity (Definition)

Having too much body fat. It is different from being overweight, which means weighing too much. The weight may come from muscle, bone, fat, and/or body water. Both terms mean that a person's weight is greater than what's considered healthy for ...Read more


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What factors are contribute childhood obesity?

What factors are contribute childhood obesity?

Mostly food choices: Many factors: genetics plays some role. Parental modeling plays large role. Food available in community, tv ads, reduced physical activities, too much tv. The biggest factor is excess food and poor food choices. To help address the problem feed your child plenty of fruits and vegetables while eliminating all sugary beverages and try to cut back on junk foods. See choosemyplate.Gov. ...Read more

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How can I reduce my risk factors for obesity?

How can I reduce my risk factors for obesity?

Eat less, & exercise: Obesity can be prevented or overcome by a permanent change in lifestyle and in personal outlook. If a person eats fewer calories than he needs to live on each day, his body will use the stored fuel (fat). If a person exercises more than he did before, but does not start eating more calories, then his body will use up the fat (stored fuel). Easier said than done, but definitely possible to do! ...Read more

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I was wondering what's 3 reasons why increased portion size affects obesity?

I was wondering what's 3 reasons why increased portion size affects obesity?

Portion size, obese: Since the 1950s, our portion size has tripled in this country. Popcorn at movie theater....3x bigger, hamburger, 3x bigger, candy bars, bottles of soda, all bigger. And we've all been trained not to throw out food, because there are starving people in the world. So, if you eat more, even healthy, you eat more calories and fat. Also, you get served 3x more when eating out at restaurants. ...Read more

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What are the risk factors for becoming obese?

What are the risk factors for becoming obese?

Sequelae: The consequences of being obese include diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, sleep apnea, heart disease, heartburn, bone and joint disease, hormone imbalances, and having a shorter lifespan. ...Read more

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Does obesity contribute more than cholesterol to cvd?

Does obesity contribute more than cholesterol to cvd?

Both play a role: Obesity carries with it multiple risk factors, including enhanced stress on the cardiovascular system. Cholesterol contributes to atherosclerosis and may predispose to cad, but which is worse is like asking for a good way to die. ...Read more

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Can the decrease in smoking have anything to do with the increase in american obesity?

Can the decrease in smoking have anything to do with the increase in american obesity?

Not exclusively: Truth be told, the attributable weight gain with respect to quitting smoking is only five pounds, and this is eliminated completely with cardiovascular exercise. So I can't say that the societal increase in smoking has led to a societal increase in obesity. ...Read more

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Can there be any studies on how much soda pop contributes to diabetes and obesity in america?

Can there be any studies on how much soda pop contributes to diabetes and obesity in america?

Several studies: There are a number of studies on this topic that both obesity and diabetes are related to sugary drink consumption. Here are links to a couple: http://www.Cnn.Com/2013/03/19/health/sugary-drinks-deaths http://www.Hsph.Harvard.Edu/nutritionsource/sugary-drinks-fact-sheet/. ...Read more

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What has caused the recent increase in childhood obesity?

What has caused the recent increase in childhood obesity?

Children are: less active and eat more fast food, junk food and sugared drinks. ...Read more

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What is to blame for the increase in obesity in children?

What is to blame   for the increase in obesity in children?

Calories & Exercise: Most children have one or more issues- 1) too much junk food (high sugar, high fat foods), 2) too much food (eating more than they need), and 3) not exercising enough. The best approach is to work on all of them to encourage them to have more healthy choices. Making small steps and continuing to adjust will help them learn new habits. ...Read more

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Does the chemical lactose monohydrate contribute to obesity?

Does the chemical lactose monohydrate contribute to obesity?

In Large Quantities: -ose means sugar. Lactose is the sugar in milk, a 2 sugar molecule of galactose attached to glucose. Though debated, for over a century there has been significant evidence that ingested sugars converted to fat within the liver is a major driver of visceral obesity and cardiovascular disease. See: nusi.Org. However, it is still a quantity and balance issue, so intake quantity & handling remain key. ...Read more

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Why now would sitting in school contribute to obesity in children?

Why now would sitting in school contribute to obesity in children?

More complicated: Kids have been sitting in school for centuries. Pediatric obesity is a much more recent phenomenon. From an activity standpoint, kids are sitting more in general: in front of tv, computers, video games. Less physical activity including less pe in school. Of greater devastation is our diet in this country which has become higher in calories overall, mostly contributed to by bad fats & refined carb. ...Read more

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Is it true that frequent masturbation results to an increase in cordisol and thus obesity?

Is it true that frequent masturbation results to an increase in cordisol and thus obesity?

No: That's one more baseless claim by somebody who's trying to frighten and manipulate you. Trust you don't have an overwhelming obsesion. What you do by yourself -- and almost all guys do -- helps keep the pressure off, lets you stay focused on other things you need to do, and lets you learn about your mind and body in preparation for adult relationships. Talk with some others guys -- maybe even dad. ...Read more

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25 week pregnant, my initial weight was 63.5kg for 5.15 height.But now my weight has increased to 70.5kg. Is it obesity for my growth or nt.?

25 week pregnant, my initial weight was 63.5kg for 5.15 height.But now my weight has increased to 70.5kg. Is it obesity for my growth or nt.?

It's generally: A little more than would be desired, but you need to check with your doctor, as all cases are different and you need personal advise. ...Read more

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Are there any medicines that can increase metabolic rates in obese? Some doctors claim there are! What are they? Can they help with diet & exercise?

Are there any medicines that can increase metabolic rates in obese? Some doctors claim there are! What are they? Can they help with diet & exercise?

Below: Yes there are medications that can be used to supplement diet and exercise for Wt loss. Suggest you discuss this with your health care provider for full information, side effects, and then decide on the most appropriate course of action for youj. ...Read more

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Does obesity increase cancer risk?

Does obesity increase cancer risk?

Yes: The national cancer institute, on its website, lists several cancers whose risks are increased in an obese person. The cancers are: breast cancer in post-menopausal women (women after menopause), endometrial cancer (cancer of the uterus' lining), colon cancer, kidney cancer, and esophagus cancer (the tube that carries food from the mouth to the stomach). ...Read more

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How may obesity contribute to sleep apnea?

How may obesity contribute to sleep apnea?

Extra flesh and fat: Obesity can cause obstructive sleep apnea (osa). A person with osa may not have enough space in the throat area, so air can't flow easily to the lungs during sleep. An obese person has more fat, including in the neck and throat areas, so there is more flesh to block air flow. An obese person lying down has extra weight in the tummy pushing up at the bottom of the chest, making breathing more work. ...Read more

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How can saturated fat and trans fat contribute to obesity?

How can  saturated fat and trans fat contribute to obesity?

Mostly a caloric: Phenomenon. Unfortunately fats are calorically dense. Twice as much as carbohydrates and proteins. So unfortuantely you don't have to eat too many fats(gram) wise before your intake of calories becomes so significant that you are consuming more calories than you are burning. In that setting you will start you store calories and usually in the form of fat. ...Read more

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How do un and saturated fat and trans fat contribute to obesity?

How do un and saturated fat and trans fat contribute to obesity?

Like other fats: Fats have 9 calories per gram as compared to about 4 calories per gram for protein and carbohydrates. Fats, good or bad, all have about the same caloric content and are more or less equally fatteing. ...Read more

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Doctors, what are the main reasons for the recent increase in childhood obesity?

Doctors, what are the main reasons for the recent increase in childhood obesity?

Poor food choices: Food choices including empty calories like soda juice. Too much fast food. Poor access to super markets and fresh foods. And a serious decrease in physical activity and playtime ...Read more