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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


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How is it that a lot of fat people blame their problem on genetics?

How is it that a lot of fat people blame their problem on genetics?

Partial excuse: There is some evidence that genetics does play a certain role in being overweight. However, personal behavior and self control are in the mix. The obese blame genetics as a fatalistic way of totally excusing whatever personal role they may have in their weight by dismissing it as something beyond their control. ...Read more

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What are symptoms I can look for that may point to thyroid problems that result in weight gain? Family thinks thyroid issues are to blame I think food

What are symptoms I can look for that may point to thyroid problems that result in weight gain? Family thinks thyroid issues are to blame I think food

Symptoms vague : The symptoms are somewhat vague (not specific to thyroid disease) bc majority of adults will report having these symptoms but do not have thyroid issues: fatigue, weight gain, dry skin, constipation, feeling cold. Easiest way to settle question is blood test. Cheapest way to settle question is changin the food intake and seeing if you lose weight appropriately. ...Read more

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Recently diagnosed with hypothyroidism and experiencing palpitations. Can the imbalance of my thyroid be to blame for these palpitations?

Recently diagnosed with hypothyroidism and experiencing palpitations. Can the imbalance of my thyroid be to blame for these palpitations?

Yes. : Thyroid dysfunction can manifest in many ways. Heart palpitations is more often associated with hyperthyroidism. It would therefore be important to determine whether you are possibly taking too much thyroid replacement hormone. ...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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Obesity. I am 54. Height 164. Weight 95. Doing vigorous exercise. No result. No thyroid. What to do?

Obesity. I am 54. Height 164. Weight 95. Doing vigorous exercise. No result. No thyroid. What to do?

Remember: Exercise is only part of the weight loss equation. The other component is your diet. If your really are exercising as vigorously as you mention then you need to take a close look at what your daily caloric intake is. Remember weight loss hinges on the balances of calories you take in versus burn. ...Read more

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Who is to blame for the rise of childhood obesity?

Who is to blame for the rise of childhood obesity?

All of us: Like many things in life this one is multifactorial. Kids spend less time running and playing. Cheaper high carbohydrate foods are so much easier to get rather than healthy stuff. Both parents working thus easier to hit mcdonald's instead of a home cooked meal. I could go on forever but that won't solve the problem. Lead by example: eat healthier, walk a little more. No hypocrisy! ...Read more

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Are diabetes, thyroid diseases, child births common causes of obesity?

Are diabetes, thyroid diseases, child births  common causes of obesity?

Obesity: Obesity is the main cause of diabetes type 2. Thyroid disease can cause weight gain or weight loss, depending on what it's doing. Obesity does not cause child births. ...Read more

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My hair has been falling out for 3 months. I found out I have fatty liver from obesity so I have lost 50 lbs. My thyroid is fine. When will this stop?

My hair has been falling out for 3 months. I found out I have fatty liver from obesity so I have lost 50 lbs. My thyroid is fine. When will this stop?

Telogen Effluvium: Telogen effluvium is a form of nonscarring alopecia characterized by diffuse hair shedding, often with an acute onset. A chronic form with a more insidious onset and a longer duration also exists.Telogen effluvium is a reactive process caused by a metabolic or hormonal stress or by medications. Generally, recovery is spontaneous and occurs within 6 months. ...Read more

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Thyroid (Definition)

The thyroid is an endocrine gland that sits in the lower part of the neck. It produces thyroid hormone - which ...Read more