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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 dont 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. ...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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I'm not sure, but should obesity be treated as a handicap?

I'm not sure, but should obesity be treated as a handicap?

Obesity & disability: Obesity can cause impairment of vital organs and body systems leading to disability which in turn can cause "handicap". Obesity should be treated (sic) as a medical problem & addressed as a public health issue. Interestingly, the most common guide* used by clinician to address impairment/disability/handicap does not address obesity! (* ama guides to the evaluation of permanent impairment). ...Read more

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What surgical options treat obesity?

What surgical options treat obesity?

There are many: Including gastric bypass, gastric banding, sleeve gastrectomy, biliopancreatic diversion, spinal cord stimulator, gastric pacemaker to name a few .. But remember even with these surgical procedures, optimizing a person's lifestyle in regards to dietary habits and activities levels is still key. ...Read more

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How can you treat morbid obesity in a child?

How can you treat morbid obesity in a child?

Obesity in a child: A tough but important task. Please start with your child's pediatrician and it would be very helpful to also set up an appointment with a dietitian. It will take some time to get the weight under control but keep on going. ...Read more

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Have obesity in adults, what to do to treat it?

Have obesity in adults, what to do to treat it?

Lifestyle changes: Are essential. Eat healthfully ; be physically active. Aim for 7.5 to 8 hrs 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. This site helps determine calories burned for > 100 activities: http://www.Prohealth.Com/weightloss/tools/exercise/calculator1_2.Cfm. ...Read more

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How do medical professionals treat obesity in children?

How do  medical professionals treat obesity in children?

Diet & exercise: Unless there is an underlying medical condition, of which there are several, that can cause obesity, diet and exercise are the way all obesity is treated. In some cases, anti-obesity surgery is being used. However, before this, the child should be evaluated to make sure he/she doesn't have any medical condition causing obesity, starting with his pediatrician, and involving specialists if needed. ...Read more

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What would it cost medicare to treat the effects of obesity?

What would it cost medicare to treat the effects of obesity?

Medicare does treat: Medicare does treat for obesity. Intensive behavioral therapy for obesity consists of the following: -screening for obesity in adults using measurement of bmi calculated by dividing weight in kilograms by the square of height in meters (expressed in kg/m2); -dietary (nutritional) assessment; and -intensive behavioral counseling and behavioral therapy to promote sustained weight loss. ...Read more

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Can obesity in girls be treated effectively through acupuncture?

Can obesity in girls be treated effectively through acupuncture?

Double Weight Loss: There is a study in Australia which had a diet and exercise group, and a diet, exercise and acupuncture group. The acupuncture group lost twice as much weight. I agree, with Dr. Fowler, Auricular acupuncture or Auriculotherapy may also be beneficial for appetite suppression. ...Read more

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What is a doctor called that treats obesity? Is this a specialty?

What is a doctor called that treats obesity? Is this a specialty?

Bariatrician: Physicians who perform additional training in the treatment of obesity are called bariatricians. These physicians use nonsurgical treatment such as diet,medication and behavioral modification. They are trained to handle the unique medical needs of a morbidly obese individual. A bariatric surgeon, on the other hand is a surgeon who specializes in weight loss surgery such as the gastric bypass ...Read more

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Why is there fat bias when an ors treats a slim patient differently from an obese patient with the same injury.

Why is there fat bias when an ors treats a slim patient differently from an obese patient with the same injury.

Perhaps: I can't speak for everyone but justifiably or not some healthcare providers may well feel that at least a part of the injury might have been sustained due to obesity's effect on one's body. It is also likely that it is harder to examine an obese person than a normal-weight one. On the other hand, it may also be your own perception . If you are obese, losing weight can only help. ...Read more

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