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What is obesity effect on the human breathing?

What is obesity effect on the human breathing?

Impairs breathing: Obesity can result in shortness of breath and labored breathing as people who are obese tend to be less physically fit and their bodies tire more quickly. Additionally, it is harder work for the body system to carry the additional weight increasing the burden and likelihoodhood of breathlessness. Obesity contributes to sleep apnea which is when breathing stops during sleep and can be fatal.

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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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I am obese, as I weigh 194 lbs and am 5'4. Many people have been telling me I've been breathing loud and heavy. Does this have to do with my weight?

I am obese, as I weigh 194 lbs and am 5'4. Many people have been telling me I've been breathing loud and heavy. Does this have to do with my weight?

Likely: You have class 2 obesity. loud breathing can be due to Obesty. Development of obstructive airway can occur in Obesity or deconditioning and lack of exercise can lead to heavy breathing with mild exertion. Weight loss may help reduce symptoms

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Past few days been hacking up clear white mucus with a little trouble breathing and getting lightheaded when I walk I am obese just started exercise?

Past few days been hacking up clear white mucus with a little trouble breathing and getting lightheaded when I walk I am obese just started exercise?

Cough: If otherwise healthy apart from obesity these symptoms will lessen and resolve with time, meantime moderate your exercise a little and gradually build up to a higher sustained level of exertion for cardiovascular conditioning and weight loss incorporating a carbohydrate and calorie restricted diet.If persistent over a longer period of time then seek physical examination to begin an assessment.

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Trying for a baby since 1 year. Is it because am obese I can't conceive?

It is possible: It is known that obesity can contribute to infertility. As well known how it can affect women's ability to ovulate normally, but obesity also seems to have a more complex effect leading to infertility in women who even ovulate normally. You should seek the input of a health care provider in person, so that further testing may be considered and/or undertaken to address your concerns. Good luck.

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What can't I find state by state ranking on diabetes and childood obesity?

What can't I find state by state ranking on diabetes and childood obesity?

See below, at google: Http://hive. Slate. Com/hive/time-to-trim/article/which-states-have-the-most-obese-children http://www. Ncsl. Org/issues-research/health/childhood-obesity-trends-state-rates. Aspx www. Nichq. Org/online.../coan/document_download. Html.

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I am 5'6 and 194 pounds...am I obese and need to lose some weight? I couldn't access the answer when I asked this question a while back.

I am 5'6 and 194 pounds...am I obese and need to lose some weight? I couldn't access the answer when I asked this question a while back.

Healthy weight range: Your body mass index (BMI) is just over 31. BMI of 30 or higher is considered obese. 20 to 25 is desirable. For you, that would mean weighing 120-155. Work on cutting back high calorie foods, sugary drinks like soda. Reduce processed foods. Focus on more whole foods, cooked from scratch, without a lot of added fat (deep fried, cream sauces, etc.). And don't forget to include regular exercise.

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I have several medical issues. The medicine I take for them makes me hungry. Now I am obese but can't lose the weight because of medication. Help?

Wieght loss, steroid: Losing weight while on steroids is tough! exercise is key in helping gain control over your appetite. Walking three miles a day at a brisk pace has been shown to significantly reduce appetite. If you can't walk, swimming is great. There are also medications to help control appetite, but start with exercise and making a strict eating plan with your doctor or dietician. Good luck! I'll be rooting.

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Haven't exercised for 2 years due to problems. Developed truncal obesity. If I start exercising daily, can this truncal obesity be reversed? Male, 21.

Haven't exercised for 2 years due to problems. Developed truncal obesity. If I start exercising daily, can this truncal obesity be reversed? Male, 21.

I would add dietary changes as well.: Exercise has a whole host of benefits to the body. There are many different ways to do this even with significant disabilities. I'm sure that if you look you can find a way that works for you. Best wishes in that regard.

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I can't control eating and have become obese?

I can't control eating and have become obese?

Consider Overeater's: Anonymous. A beneficial 12 step program. It is free ; confidential. Get checked by your doctor before an exercise program. Eat healthfully ; be physically active. Aim for 7.5 to 8 hrs of sleep / night. Hydrate w at least 64 oz of water / day. Calories burned must > calories consumed. Do both cardio ; weight training. You can mix ; match different kinds of physical exercise.

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I am obese n jus started excersicing. What should I avoid n what should I consume? It gets deprrssing when I don't see changes. Tq

I am obese n jus started excersicing. What should I avoid n what should I consume? It gets deprrssing when I don't see changes. Tq

Don't give up: First, this is a marathon, not a sprint. Changes will come with time. Keep exercising at least 30 minutes per day to the point it is difficult to sing. Eat mostly a plant based diet, such as fruits, vegetables, beans, nuts, seeds, and whole grains and wild fish like salmon. Avoid processed foods like bread, pasta, cheeses, ice cream fried foods and good things will happen. Be patient but persistent.

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I'm obese times 3 and I have very bad pain in my back and I can't breath properly?

I'm obese times 3 and I have very bad pain in my back and I can't breath properly?

Recommend med eval.: Back pain & breathing issues may be associated w obesity. Get medically cleared. To lose weight insure that calories burned > calories consumed. Drink at least 8 - 8 oz glasses of water per day. Try for 8 hours of sleep/night. Aim for at least 5 servings of vegetables & 4 servings of fruit per day. Use whole grain when possible. Avoid sodas, alcohol & junk carbohydrates. Exercise regularly.

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I've stopped taking pills 5yrs ago to have another baby but I became obese and can't get pregnant?

I've stopped taking pills 5yrs ago to have another baby but I became obese and can't get pregnant?

See REI specialist: 5 years is too long trying, either for a 1st child or in your case one more. This is a good time to see a reproductive endocrinology and infertility specialist (rei) to find out why you're not pregnant. Ovulation issues like pcos can get worse if you gain weight but it could be unrelated - like an egg supply or a sperm issue. (answer continues as a comment, click on comment below to see).

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What happens if you didn't know anything about childhood obesity, what would you want to know about it?

What happens if you didn't know anything about childhood obesity, what would you want to know about it?

How to prevent: You would want to know how to prevent it- through good eating practices, making good food choices, being active, and eating 5 servings of fruits and vegetables a day, Limit screen time to TV and video games to no more than two hours daily. Try to get one hour of moderate to rigorous activity daily. Limit sugar sweetened drinks daily.

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Is 4.3 a bad A1c number. My dr wasn't concerned. No history of diabetes in my family but iam obese. I've recently lost 20lbs.

Is 4.3 a bad A1c number. My dr wasn't concerned. No history of diabetes in my family but iam obese. I've recently lost 20lbs.

UnlikelyValue, Check: Optimal for health is HbA1c <5.0%; have never seen 4.3% even in slender young very athletic women, unlikely valid. Recheck & even more important, optimize NMR lipoproteins. Go Hi-Fat+Veggies/ModProt/LowCarb & study: Big Fat Lies, McGovern's Report, Mary Enig, DietDoctor. Com, NUSI. Org, Gary Taubes, Peter Attia, FatChance. Html, Science for Smart People, The Men Who Made Us Fat, Ancestral Health, etc

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Should I consider lapband? I've been obese for 8years. I've been against surgery for years. I don't have issues with exercise.

Lap band: Can't answer that in such a short space. I spend an hour discussing that with new patients. You need to meet the bmi requirements first. If you do, you may then be a candidate for surgery. If you are, the next question is which operation is best for you. Just because you want a lap band doesn't mean that is the right operation for you. A sleeve gastrectomy or gastric bypass need consideration too.

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I am 1.60m tall and weighs 92kg. I know that I am obese so how can I reduce my weight rapidly. I walk most morning but that doesn't seem to be heilpin?

I am 1.60m tall and weighs 92kg. I know that I am obese so how can I reduce my weight rapidly. I walk most morning but that doesn't seem to be heilpin?

Cut down on eating: Best way to lose weight is to eat less and keep going down steadily and you will see your weight come down slowly. But you have to persist with this effort for a long time. It is not a short term thing. Continue to increase walking and stay active all day. Then you will see the results in one or two months. Also record and write down your weight every week, so you can see the progress you are maki.

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How can I treat obesity?

How can I treat obesity?

Diet and exercise: Make half your meal vegetables and fruits. Go for variety. And keep in mind that potatoes and french fries don't count. Choose whole grains & limit refined grains. Pick the healthiest sources of protein. Drink lots of water. Stay active. Check out http://www. Sparkpeople. Com or http://www. Myfitnesspal. Com. They offers nutrition, health, and fitness tools, support, and resources that are 100% free.

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Tips for obesity control?

Keep a food.: The best way to control and manage your weight is keep track of what you eat and drink, counting your caloric intake is the key. Then, this is the hard part, your take the mindset to reduce your daily calorie intake by 500 calories a day, and some extra walking will help. But, this is so logical that most overweight individuals will dismiss this advice and seek out exoensive and non productive ways.

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I m suffer little obesity?

I m suffer little obesity?

Obesity: Either a little or alot excess weight can harm you. Although we all know eat right, exercise etc. Sometimes it is hard to figure what is right. A good start is a program called Tru Health http://mymannapages. Com/DrStu

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Breathing (Definition)

Breathing is the way we take in oxygen and expel carbon dioxide (co2) through out lungs. When our lungs expand we take fresh air in that contains oxygen and then when our lungs ...Read more