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Is our toxic soup environment a cause for obesity? Is it making us fatter?

Is our toxic soup environment a cause for obesity? Is it making us fatter?

Depends on what...: Your "toxic soup" is defined as. If the environment is toxic because of processed foods, sedentary lifestyles and supersized portions/all you can eat-costco sized mentality...Yes! if you are referring to our industrialized polluted environment-maybe. When was the last time you: rode a bike to work? Parked far away to walk to your destination? Ate 5 servings of veggies, fruits and roots? ...Read more

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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 there a difference between being fat and obese?

Is there a difference between being fat and obese?

Overweight & Obese: These are the terms currently used. Obesity occurs when someone is more than overweight. Bmi and waist circumference percentiles help to distinguish between the two terms in children and adolescents. ...Read more

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How many deaths does obesity cause on average in the u.S.?

How many deaths does obesity cause on average in the u.S.?

Unclear: Obesity runs with many illnesses related to a sedentary, overindulgent lifestyle (hypertension, atherosclerosis, liver damage, diabetes), yet japan's sumo wrestlers, who are obese but are elite exercises clearly suffer no adverse effects. Bashing 'obesity' as a 'killer' is good politics but the truth may be deeper -- a marker for other risky life choices. ...Read more

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Why are people less likely to be fat/obese in college?

Why are people less likely to be fat/obese in college?

As compared to when?: Many people are older teens or young adults. Many people put on weight as their adult age advances. I would suspect that many college students are also physically active. ...Read more

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What are the ways that people convince a mobidly obese person to stop eating high sugar high fat high sodium foods?

What are the ways that people convince a mobidly obese person to stop eating high sugar high fat high sodium foods?

Convincing or maybe: The person is convinced but just can't seem to do it. That's more likely. Why that is so is still not clear. Even in some folks who do stick to a low sugar, low fat and low sodium diet don't lose weight. That is in part because they don't reduce total calories to a point where they lose weight. Probably most important of all is getting enough exercise so metabolism can accelerate & so lose weight. ...Read more

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After sport, my vision become blur, as if I am going to collapse anytime, is it a common thing for a fat(not obese) 27 yo guy?

After sport, my vision become blur, as if I am going to collapse anytime, is it a common thing for a fat(not obese) 27 yo guy?

Blur: You may be dehydrated. Drink some fluids, and wait half an hour. If your eyes are still blurry, then call your primary doctor. ...Read more

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Does fat freezing actually help people dealing with obesity lose the unwanted fat? Are there any warnings it side effects? Precautions?

Appears safe: And effective. Here's a review article from National Library of Medicine http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4079633/ Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more

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Hello :), how to know how inch (in erect and flaccid) i will gain if i lose all my weight(i'm obese)? Pushing in pubic fat pad? Thank you

Hello :), how to know how inch (in erect and flaccid) i will gain if i lose all my weight(i'm obese)? Pushing in pubic fat pad? Thank you

Impossible: Please understand that there is silence here for your question that you keep asking because there is no right or valid answer to give you. You are asking us to guess and that is not what doctor's do. We celebrate your desire to get healthy and to lose weight. But, lets hope it is for your heart and your life and for your future as a man who wants to contribute to the world to make it better. ...Read more

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Age 40. Never been diabetic or fat. I thought Type 2 only afflicts fat/obese people. So if I've been diagnosed as pre-diabetic is it Type 1?

Age 40.  Never been diabetic or fat.  I thought Type 2 only afflicts fat/obese people.  So if I've been diagnosed as pre-diabetic is it Type 1?

Could be type 1: Hi. Yes, type 1 is certainly possible. Easiest way to tell would be to check type 1 autoantibodies (antibodies against GAD, IA-2, and insulin). There are, however, non-obese type 2's. Whatever type it is, control it well, eat a healthy diet, exercise regularly, control blood pressure and lipids, and don't smoke. Good luck! ...Read more

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