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Is Obesity Pandemic Or 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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
Please let me know if there is a link between the obesity epidemic and phlalates (xenoestrogenic compounds)?
No: Body fat produces excess estrogens. Xenoestrogens are from sources outside the body ...Read more
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
Do doctors think it's fair to claim obesity is an epidemic, when people are still dying of malnutrition?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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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