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Doctor insights on: Is Obesity Pandemic Or Epidemic

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Is obesity really a true epidemic?

Is obesity really a true epidemic?

Human tech pollution: I don't believe it is an epidemic. An epidemic to me means that there could be a contagious component. While obesity is at extreme levels and on the rise;it's the result of new technologies:overabundance of food, ease of consuming food and lack of physical activity due to advances of sedentary occupations. All of these monumental changes in our environment happened too quickly for mankind to adapt. ...Read more

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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Is the obesity epidemic in america getting better?

Is the obesity epidemic in america getting better?

It is stabilizing: While the incidence of obesity has been on the rise for the last few decades, recent data indicates that it appears to be leveling off. The exact reasons are unclear, but increased awareness of the problem and the deleterious effects of fast food are felt to be factors. ...Read more

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What are some theories for obesity epidemic throughout the US?

What are some theories for obesity epidemic throughout the US?

Wake up, this is bad: EATING TOO MUCH CHEAP, READYMADE PROCESSED AND JUNK FOOD AND ANIMAL FOODS is the main cause. STOP DAIRY, MEAT AND FISH. Become a vegan and enjoy meat and dairy once a month or never. Stop all SODA and drink WATER which is God's drink. Stop all chemical makeup and plastic use. Stop taking vitamin supplements. Use magnesium oil daily on both legs and feet_ bedtime.sleep sharp at 10 pm, stop blue light by 7pm ...Read more

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What short- and long-term health conditions are direct consequences of the obesity epidemic?

What short- and long-term health conditions are direct consequences of the obesity epidemic?

Consequences: The consequences of being obese include diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, sleep apnea, heart disease, heartburn, bone and joint disease, hormone imbalances, and having a shorter lifespan. Obesity is the #2 preventable cause of death in the us (smoking is #1). The avg life span has been going up steadily over the past 100yrs, but has stopped and may go down because of obesity. ...Read more

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Are hormones in the diet (meat and dairy products) causing the obesity epidemic in america?

Are hormones in the diet (meat and dairy products) causing the obesity epidemic in america?

Little influence: Calories, especially from carbohydrates including sodas, sweets, fast food etc, etc cause obesity. ...Read more

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Do doctors think it's fair to claim obesity is an epidemic, when people are still dying of malnutrition?

Do doctors think it's fair to claim obesity is an epidemic, when people are still dying of malnutrition?

Epidemic: Yes. Both problems exist. For obesity, it affects nearly 30% of the population and that number has steadily increased over the last 20 years. Obesity is definitely an epidemic. ...Read more

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What is a pandemic or an epidemic?

What is a pandemic or an epidemic?

Epidemic/ Pandemic: An epidemic occurs when there are new cases of an infectious disease in a population over a period of time with greater incident rate than expected. An epidemic can grow into a pandemic when that infectious diseases affects an even larger area/population over a certain period of time (such as multiple continents or worldwide). There is currently an Ebola Zaire epidemic in West Africa. ...Read more

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Is aids considered a pandemic instead of an epidemic?

Is aids considered a pandemic instead of an epidemic?

Either is correct: Either definition is likely correct. An epidemic occurs when the incidence rate (i.e. New cases in a given human population, during a given period) of a certain disease substantially exceeds what is "expected, " based on recent experience. A pandemic is an epidemic of an infectious disease that spreads through human populations across a large region, like a continent. Thus, both are likely correct. ...Read more

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What causes an epidemic or pandemic?

What causes an epidemic or pandemic?

New sub-subtype: Generally, a new subtype of virus appears that people have little or no immunity or protection against. Because so many people are vulnerable, the virus spreads easily through sneezing or coughing if an airborne disease, or through intimate contact if a blood-borne disease. A disease that has been absent from a population for some time may also cause an outbreak. ...Read more

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What are the differences between pandemics and epidemics?

What are the differences between pandemics and epidemics?

The areas involved: Pandemic disease are prevalent over a whole country or the world. An epidemic is widespread infectious disease in a community. ...Read more

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What are the chances of a worldwide epidemic?

What are the chances of a worldwide epidemic?

Very high: We are moving further and further away from our natural biology. The stresses imposed by our lifestyle, together with our appalling diet, collectively are damaging our ability to adapt. Mother Nature does not forgive. ...Read more

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What determines whether a disease is considered an epidemic disease?

What determines whether a disease is considered an epidemic disease?

Beyond the community: An outbreak is often referred to an infectious agent spreading within a community/small area, but when spread beyond this small community to other areas/cities/states is called and epidemic. When the spread is crossing beyond the country to other continent (s) is called a pandemic as what happened with the h1n1 swine flu in 2009. Have fun learning. Knowledge is power. ...Read more

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What causes an influenza epidemic?

What causes an influenza epidemic?

Epidemic/ pandemic: Per the CDC "An influenza pandemic can occur when a non-human (novel) influenza virus gains the ability for efficient and sustained human-to-human transmission and then spreads globally. " See: http://www. Cdc. Gov/flu/pandemic-resources/ ...Read more

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When should I seek emergency care, during an epidemic?

When should I seek emergency care, during an epidemic?

Symptoms progressing: Seek emergency care right away if you have trouble breathing, pain or pressure in your stomach or chest, dizziness, confusion, or severe vomiting. ...Read more

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What preventive measures can I take during an epidemic?

What preventive measures can I take during an epidemic?

Wash your hands: Wash your hands frequently with antibacterial soap. Don’t touch your mouth, nose, or eyes with your hands. When you cough or sneeze, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue. Always throw used tissues away—don’t reuse. Wash your hands again afterward. ...Read more

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How can rickettsia prowazeckii (epidemic typhus) reproduce?

How can rickettsia prowazeckii (epidemic typhus) reproduce?

Epidemic Typhus: Rickettsia prowazekii only replicate within host cells. ...Read more

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How many people worldwide have been infected with epidemic typhus?

How many people worldwide have been infected with epidemic typhus?

A big killer.: It has been said that epidemic typhus (rickettsia prowazekii) has killed more humans than all the wars in history. It is transmitted classical by infected clothing (body) lice and in the last century has dwindled substantially worldwide but pops up occasionally in this of strife, famine or war. A substantial outbreak occurred in burundi about 20 years ago. ...Read more

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What modern day epidemic is similar to the progression of the plague?

What modern day epidemic is similar to the progression of the plague?

Epidemic: Plague, which has been pandemic, is in many ways different from Ebola, which is currently epidemic in West Africa. Yersinia pestis is part of a cycle involving bacteria infected rodents who infect fleas, who infect people. Ebola is theorized to be spread by fruit bats that drop contaminated fruit, which is then eaten by Diuker antelopes, monkeys, apes or other mammals. ...Read more

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About how many people have died of epidemic typhus throughout history?

Billions: From wwi backwards, probably more soldiers died of epidemic typhus than from combat in each war. It is the classical pale horseman of the apocalypse. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how rickettsia prowazeckii (epidemic typhus) reproduce?

Reproduction: Rickettsia prowazekii only replicate within host cells. ...Read more

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What's your opinion on the causes of the autism epidemic we are facing today?

Unknown: Although it unquestionably is true that autism and related disorders are much more commonly diagnosed now thany they were 20 years ago, why remains controversial. A well-established partial explanation is, we broadened the definition markedly, so many more are "eligible" for this diagnosis than used to be the case. Some believe there is a "real" increase; others do not. Causes remain unknown. ...Read more

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How likely is it that a virus will spread across the globe and create a worldwide epidemic within your litfetime?

How likely is it that a virus will spread across the globe and create a worldwide epidemic within your litfetime?

Global viruses: Yes. Because of huge increases in the world populations, and the ease of travel among countries, a new virus or a mutated virus can infect huge numbers of people and be rapidly dispersed around the world and cause an epidemic before it is controlled and vaccines can be made up to give immunity. ...Read more

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Hello I am mahmoud libya suffering from epidemic hepatitis "b" and I can send you the test results. Can you help me.

Hello I am mahmoud libya suffering from epidemic hepatitis "b" and I can send you the test results. Can you help me.

We are here to help!: Healthtap is almost 50, 000 health professional volunteers dedicated to help anyone over age 16. You can either ask general medical questions for free, or request personal advice from a single provider for a nominal fee. Start first with a review of answers on the network--the response you seek to your specific query may already have been posted to help thousands before you. Be well ; all the best. ...Read more

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How sure are you that ebola isn't airborne? Do you think we will find a cure for ebola before it becomes an epidemic in the United States?

How sure are you that ebola isn't airborne? Do you think we will find a cure for ebola before it becomes an epidemic in the United States?

Not Airborne: Ebola is not an airborne virus btwn humans per the World Health Organization: “ What we know about transmission of the Ebola virus among humans”. However, WHO indicated it might be transmitted “when virus-laden heavy droplets are directly propelled, by coughing or sneezing (which does not mean airborne transmission) onto the mucus membranes or skin with cuts or abrasions of another person.” See: ...Read more

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1st Ebola patient in Dallas. How concerned are you about possible epidemic in the US? It seems they have no control over Ebola. Will it become airborn

1st Ebola patient in Dallas. How concerned are you about possible epidemic in the US? It seems they have no control over Ebola. Will it become airborn

Somewhat concerned: In Sept. 2014, Texas doctors diagnosed Ebola in a man traveling from Africa. It's out there, but America is a huge country, so not to worry. Ebola is not very contagious unless there is close contact with a sick person. If there is an outbreak, but people stay apart from one another, the outbreak stops. Even though Ebola arrived here via plane flights from Africa, we don't call that "airborne". ...Read more

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Why is the influenza epidemic so deadly?

Why is the influenza epidemic so deadly?

Infection: Viral infections kill the cells they invade. During epidemics there are large numbers of people susceptible to severe infection as a result of age, underlying immune function, comorbidities, etc. Influenza also predisposes to severe secondary infections, usually pneumonia and this can also kill. Stay immunized. Yearly vaccine. ...Read more

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Is there an epidemic of bedbugs in the us?

Is there an epidemic of bedbugs in the us?

Yes: An epidemic is greater number of cases of a disease than expected. ...Read more

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What is an epidemic?

What is an epidemic?

Fast disease spread: An epidemic is when an infectious disease spreads quickly to many people. ...Read more