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How Many People Are Obese In The World
Look differently : There is much that we don't understand about obesity, but it is a disorder and it is very complicated. It is a chronic medical condition which needs attention from a wide variety of services. The way the food industry targets children, soda machines in schools, decreased government funding for pe programs, not enough side walks or safe places to play, socioeconomic constraints, etc. ...Read more
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
No way: Just because people in rural america are near farms or have more land doesn't mean they grow their own food. Plus, the problem is convenience and eating out. The service, convenience, and fast food industries in america are horrible - every chain restaurant and most single-location restaurants serve high-fat, high-cholesterol, high-salt, low nutrition foods for cost and speed. ...Read more
Why are so many people overweight or obese? Is it just poor food and lifestyle choices or is there more to it than that?
Societal obesity.: The high rate of obesity in American society is related to the pervasiveness of rich food options and sedentary lifestyles. As well, our portion sizes tend to be much larger than they should be. And, were a stressed out society, and stress contributes to an increase in adiposity. Then there's genetics, which play a role within families. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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?
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
See this at CDC.GOV: Us data shows blacks and hispanic groups have higher rates than caucasians http://www.Cdc.Gov/features/dsobesityadults/but that is a very limited global view. Pima indians and aboriginals have high rates, also certian pacific islanders. ...Read more
Obesity: Everyone is different. Some obese people won't develop any medical problems (though rare) and others will develop a lot of medical problems when they are only slightly overweight. The environment, genetics, race, gender, etc. There are a lot of factors. But the bottom line is, everyone is different. ...Read more
Fasting: Fasting does nothing beneficial for you. It is not healthy, and certainly does not promote or maintain long term weight loss. When you fast, it slows your metabolism which causes you to gain the weight back (+more) when you stop fasting. This is the yo-yo effect. As a stand alone method for long term weight control, fasting is terrible. Eating healthy and exercising is the best. ...Read more
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