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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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Is it more dangerous to obese in your later years than when your younger ? What are the effects of a life time of obesity ?

Good Question!: There are some studies that suggest that people who have been mildly overweight and who exercise are at less risk, than those who were slender until their late 30's or 40's and then put on not as much weight and never exercise. On the other hand, chronic excess wight over a lifetime adds up to the wear an tear on the weight bearing joints, your pancreas, liver and kidneys as well as your heart. ...Read more

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I feel hot or on the warm side all the time. Can obesity cause this?

I feel hot or on the warm side all the time. Can obesity cause this?

Possibly, but ...: it generally indicates an increase in metabolic rate. This can be due to use of stimulants (caffeine, nicotine) or when you are under stress. Eating spicy food or consuming alcohol can also make you feel hot. Feeling hot all the time is most concerning for hyperthyroidism, an overactive thyroid gland. See your doctor for a thorough review and appropriate testing. Good wishes:) ...Read more

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Had thyroidectomy 30 years ago, gained 40 lbs at that time, now obese; levels were never stabilized. Any suggestions?

Had thyroidectomy 30 years ago, gained 40 lbs at that time, now obese;  levels were never stabilized. Any suggestions?

Endocrinologist: With the proper dose of thyroid replacement your levels and symptoms should be allright. An endocrinologist or thyroidologist is best qualified to treat you and follow you. ...Read more

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Sir I am suffering from the disease called high obesity please tell me how much time will be enough to do exercises but i need very quick result?

Sir I am suffering from the disease called high obesity please tell me how much time will be enough to do exercises but i need very quick result?

Fast weight loss: Depends on how much you want or need to lose. Eating healthy and a lot of exercise might yield a 2lbs per week loss. Losing much more than that probably indicates losing water weight which isn't necessarily healthy. If you do a crash diet to lose weight rapidly, you are at risk of regaining all of it back and more. Healthy eating and exercise is the key. There is no quick & healthy way to lose wt. ...Read more

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I am obese 59 kgs and i want to be 50 kgs so i want vegetarian deit to follow and i want results in just 2 weeks time so please suggest me deit plan?

Try HCG diet: To lose 9 kg in 2 weeks is very difficult. I have had patients lose weight with HCG and a strict 500 cal diet. This may be your only option. Exercise, calorie restricted diet, water would be your other choice. ...Read more

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I'm obese and I suffer from over eating , every time I eat I feel pain under my left ribs in the spleen area , what could it be ? Thanks

It is worth having: this evaluated to rule out any problems with pancreas, colon,stomach or spleen. Be aware that binge eating can cause abdominal distention combined with abdominal pain. ...Read more

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I am obese and have had a huge panis for a long time. It is difficult to find pants that fit properly. How do I get rid of it all or shrink it?

I am obese and have had a huge panis for a long time. It is difficult to find pants that fit properly. How do I get rid of it all or shrink it?

Eating: OC behavior: From physics view, loosing body fat easy, from human view, can powerfully conflict with internalized feeling understandings. Study: http://goo.gl/RPGWXs, http://goo.gl/DKvdSI, http://goo.gl/mpd4Y6, http://goo.gl/Z8g5US, http://goo.gl/9Zz6GD, http://goo.gl/e2lDwm, http://goo.gl/uDGIwD, http://goo.gl/LG8tKl, http://goo.gl/aRhOU2, http://goo.gl/dhux4V, http://goo.gl/mBGhQn, http://goo.gl/JH8XBX, etc ...Read more

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I tried to give blood once and it was around 11. The second time I tried to donate, my iron was around 8. Is an iron level of 8 bad if I'm 18 & obese?

I tried to give blood once and it was around 11. The second time I tried to donate, my iron was around 8. Is an iron level of 8 bad if I'm 18 & obese?

Need eval: Not sure- do you mean hemoglobin of 8? When you give blood they typically ESTIMATE hemoglobin. 8 is very low. If so, you need a full evaluation. If you have heavy periods this may be the full explanation. Your weight has nothing to do with anything, but you should strive to maintain as normal weight as possible. Get seen by a primary care as soon as possible. Get well soon. ...Read more

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Why would an obese, non smoker breathe heavily all the time?

Obesity: Obesity in and of itself can cause labored breathing with fairly minimal exercise just due to deconditioning. Having said that, I should say that there may be heart/lung diseases that need to be ruled out. I suggest you see your doc to discuss that. ...Read more