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Doctor insights on: How Will Having Morbid Obesity Mess Up My Health Later In Life

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How will having morbid obesity mess up my health later in life?

How will having morbid obesity mess up my health later in life?

Less quality & time: Morbid obesity (80-150 pounds overweight) is one of the leading causes of heart disease, cancer, diabetes, joint disease, sleep apnea, bladder leakage, and virtually every organ of the body. (even dementia). Life span is clearly shortened. Life quality is clearly decreased. Treatment is essential. Surgery is actually the best option with this degree of obesity. ...Read more

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Dr. Quang Nguyen
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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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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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How do people get so overweight to the point of morbid obesity or becoming immobile?

How do people get so overweight to the point of morbid obesity or becoming immobile?

Morbid obesity: Many very obese patients have significant psychologic problems. One of the common problems is psychologic compensation trying to make oneself unattractive as a way of avoiding interpersonal problems. There are many variants. ...Read more

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What does sequelae of morbid obesity mean?

Sequelae: It means the consequences of being obese, or the bad things that happen to your body from being obese. These include diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, sleep apnea, heart disease, heartburn, bone and joint disease, hormone imbalances, and having a shorter lifespan. ...Read more

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Is coolsculpting appropriate for morbid obesity?

Is coolsculpting appropriate for morbid obesity?

Coolsculpting: Absolutely not. It is only for very conservative treatment of small area of localized fat that has resisted diet and exercise. This is not a weight loss measure. ...Read more

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In the united states. Is morbid obesity in teens happening more?

In the united states. Is morbid obesity in teens happening more?

Yes: Overweight/obesity/morbid obesity has increased in all pediatric age groups (2-18 years old) every year since 1980. ...Read more

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Heard morbid obesity is currently not well understood so why do bariatrics docs think they know all?

Heard morbid obesity is currently not well understood so why do bariatrics docs think they know all?

That, I don't know: Morbid obesity is increasing across the world. 70 different genes code for tendency to become obese. High sugar and high fat foods, massive advertising to brainwash people to crave burgers, fries, pizza, candy, soft drinks. All have an effect. Regarding know-it-all docs, just search for one who is compassionate and genuinely caring. You want a smart, but service-oriented surgeon. ...Read more

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Alcoholic brother with morbid obesity, hypertension refusing to take meds--is he suicidal?

Alcoholic brother with morbid obesity, hypertension refusing to take meds--is he suicidal?

Passively yes: While he is on a road to death quicker than others that doesn't mean he is actively suicidal. As a brother you can model good health and have open conversations about your concerns. Ultimately the decision to change will be his and you will have to accept that along with his potential untimely death. Keeping your feedback from being judgemental will give you the best shot at being heard. ...Read more

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I'm morbidly obese at 496 pounds and I have insulin resistance. Where do I start to reverse both the insulin resistance and the morbid obesity?

I'm morbidly obese at 496 pounds and I have insulin resistance.  Where do I start to reverse both the insulin resistance and the morbid obesity?

Make an appointment: for evaluation by an endocrinolgist with nutrition expertise. Likely you will be placed on a limited or significantly reduced carbohydrate diet. Psychological counseling to help you get to the root of your eating disorder will also be very helpful long term. ...Read more

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I'm super obese and think it's not my own fault, despite other's opinions. What can I do to change these views?

I'm super obese and think it's not my own fault, despite other's opinions. What can I do to change these views?

you can't: You can't convince others that your obesity is not do to overeating. Ignore them. However, you should stop denying that you are not cause and accept that you are the only one who can do something about it. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about animals with a leptin deficiency or a defect in leptin receptors exhibit hyperphagia (overeating) and extreme obesity. Why?

Can you tell me about animals with a leptin deficiency or a defect in leptin receptors exhibit hyperphagia (overeating) and extreme obesity. Why?

Humans: Not sure about animal research but here's a helpful reference for humans: http://ghr.Nlm.Nih.Gov/condition/congenital-leptin-deficiency. ...Read more

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Can cellulitis cause a person to lose balnce and fall.. Complints of hip pain in same leg as cellulitis... Very limited mobility. Super obese?

Can cellulitis cause a person to lose balnce and fall..  Complints of hip pain in same leg as cellulitis... Very limited mobility. Super obese?

Typically not: Cellulitis should not cause difficulty in balance or falling although if there is pain or discomfort in the affected leg, then gait and standing may be affected to avoid the discomfort which in turn may lead to increase risk if fall in a very obese person. If pain in the hip occurred after a fall, it should be evaluated to rule out fracture or dislocation. ...Read more

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Is obesity associated with any mental health illnesses?

Is obesity associated with any mental health illnesses?

It can be: associated with many types of mental illness. It (or extreme thinness) is often seen in people who were sexually abused as a way to try to be less attractive to an abuser. People who are depressed may suffer from overeating and obesity (or lack of appetite and thinness) as well. ...Read more

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What kinds of issues can make obesity actually a mental health problem?

What kinds of issues can make obesity actually a mental health problem?

Hormones and health : Obesity actually disrupts circulating estrogen and testosterone leading to hormonal imbalances that affect mental health. The poor health that comes with obesity (diabetes, heart disease, joint disease) has a negative effect on mental health. Finally, obesity can worsen self-image and affect mental health. ...Read more

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How will obesity affect cognitive and mental health?

How will obesity affect cognitive and mental health?

Lowers Self Esteem: Obesity tends to lower a person's self esteem, which can lead to depression or anxiety, both of which can have cognitive effects. No reduction of intelligence is expected, but a possible alteration of memory and mood can lead to poor concentration, attention, and decreased endurance. Exercise, good nutrition, and positive sleep schedule can help reduce the impacts of obesity. ...Read more

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What in long run are the effects of obesity on health?

What in long run are the effects of obesity on health?

Early grave: Obesity has many physical and emotional health risks. Increased risk of diabetes which has additional health risks, increased risk of blood pressure problems, stroke and heart disease. Increased risk of pain and joint problems, arthritis, back troubles, and problems with mobility. Gastrointestinal problems including increased reflux. Increased risk of depression, social stigma and stress. ...Read more

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What are the possible health complications of obesity?

What are the possible health complications of obesity?

Many!: Obesity increases the risk of contracting many diseases, including cancer. To list the common: hypertension (high blood pressure), stroke, heart attack (infarction), diabetes mellitus, degenerative joint disease, and those conditions typically lead to many other maladies including heart and kidney failure, vision loss, painful neuropathies, & poor circulation. Cancer risk: breast, colon, uterine+. ...Read more

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What are the health risks of obesity that doctors will help?

What are the health risks of obesity that doctors will help?

Many: Obesity has many health risks including pain and mobility issues, heart problems, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, increased risk of diabetes, depression, social stigmatization. Doctors can help treat many of these comorbidities but the best treatment would be to address the obesity. Reducing weight will help decrease severity and possibly eliminate the health risks. Even a 5% decrease helps. ...Read more

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