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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

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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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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?

So many factors: But the most basic issues at hand focus on more sedentary lifestyles and increased caloric consumption. Other factors like various chemicals in our heavily processed diets may play a role too . ...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?

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