Doctor insights on:
Global Epidemic Obesity Treaties
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
Human tech pollution: I don't believe it is an epidemic.An epidemic to me means that there could be a contagious component.While obesity is at extreme levels and on the rise;it's the result of new technologies:overabundance of food, ease of consuming food and lack of physical activity due to advances of sedentary occupations.All of these monumental changes in our environment happened too quickly for mankind to adapt. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Please let me know if there is a link between the obesity epidemic and phlalates (xenoestrogenic compounds)?
No: Body fat produces excess estrogens. Xenoestrogens are from sources outside the body ...Read more
It is stabilizing: While the incidence of obesity has been on the rise for the last few decades, recent data indicates that it appears to be leveling off. The exact reasons are unclear, but increased awareness of the problem and the deleterious effects of fast food are felt to be factors. ...Read more
Consequences : 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. Obesity is the #2 preventable cause of death in the us (smoking is #1). The avg life span has been going up steadily over the past 100yrs, but has stopped and may go down because of obesity. ...Read more
Do doctors think it's fair to claim obesity is an epidemic, when people are still dying of malnutrition?
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
THE Cause...: Obesity is a major global problem and contributes to numerous other chronic health problems such as diabetes, heart disease, stroke, hypertension, and cancer. Obesity for many is due to the combination of poor food choices/excess calories (mostly carbs) and a sedentary lifestyle. Here is a fact sheet on obesity: http://bit.Ly/lp2qiw. ...Read more
Obesity is common: First of all obesity isn't contagious.Obesity is a true medical condition resulting from behavioral, environmental and genetic factors.More than 1/3 of americans are obese.When you include those that are overweight along with individuals that are obese and morbidly obese, this represents about 65% of americans.This is a true epidemic that has actually doubled over the past 20 years. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
- Talk to a doctor live online for free
- What is one factor that contributed to the global increase in obesity?
- Short term and long term health conditions of obesity epidemic
- Is obesity pandemic or epidemic?
- Ask a doctor a question free online
- Factors that contributed to the global increase in obesity
- Top contributing factors to global childhood obesity crisis
- Adult obesity
- Talk to a public health specialist online for free