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What are some theories for obesity epidemic throughout the US?

What are some theories for obesity epidemic throughout the US?

So many factors: But the most basic issues at hand focus on more sedentary lifestyles and increased caloric consumption. Other factors like various chemicals in our heavily processed diets may play a role too . ...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


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What short- and long-term health conditions are direct consequences of the obesity epidemic?

What short- and long-term health conditions are direct consequences of the obesity epidemic?

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

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Is obesity really a true epidemic ?

Is  obesity really a true epidemic ?

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 more

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Is the obesity epidemic in america getting better?

Is the obesity epidemic in america getting better?

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

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Are hormones in the diet (meat and dairy products) causing the obesity epidemic in america?

Are hormones in the diet (meat and dairy products) causing the obesity epidemic in america?

Little influence: Calories, especially from carbohydrates including sodas, sweets, fast food etc, etc cause obesity. ...Read more

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Do doctors think it's fair to claim obesity is an epidemic, when people are still dying of malnutrition?

Do doctors think it's fair to claim obesity is an epidemic, when people are still dying of malnutrition?

Epidemic: Yes. Both problems exist. For obesity, it affects nearly 30% of the population and that number has steadily increased over the last 20 years. Obesity is definitely an epidemic. ...Read more

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What amount of calories should an obese male in their 40's eat in order to lose the weight?

What amount of calories should an obese male in their 40's eat in order to lose the weight?

1600 calories a day: It is hard to give an answer without knowing more about the individual patient's weight, height, and activity levels. In our research trials, we advise men to eat a 1600 calorie diet and then adjust the diet based on weight loss and exercise. This should cause weight loss of about 2-3 lb per week. ...Read more

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Can you please explain why childhood obesity is so much more of a problem today than the 80's?

Can you please explain why childhood obesity is so much more of a problem today than the 80's?

Inactivity in part: Multiple factors, i think. Easy access to cheap, unhealthy food. Massive portion sizes. Marketing of junk food directly to kids. Too much sugar in multiple forms. Too many sedentary distractions-tv, internet, video games to name a few. Too few safe places to play and exercise. I think all these things contribute to some degree. ...Read more

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What can be done about national obesity in u.S.?

What can be done about national obesity in u.S.?

Many options: Nutrition and dietary information can be made more readily available. School systems can improve the education of the students so they understand diet and nutrition. Pressure is being put of some companies to limit fat and salt in their products. In a few places there are limitations of the size of portions. It really is a measure of education and understanding. ...Read more