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What is the government doing in preventing obesity in children and teenagers?

What is the government doing in preventing obesity in children and teenagers?

Childhood obesity: The government has began some plans in helping educate and treat the increasing problem of childhood obesity but the real prevention should start at home with educating families on eating healthier and exercising regularly. ...Read more

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Fast Food (Definition)

Fast food is food that is prepared quickly through a standardized method and is provided at cheap restaurants. Examples of fast food include pizza, burgers, and French fries. Fast food is often loaded with excess sodium, fat, and calories, and increases the risk of obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. ...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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If processed food is a major factor in the lack of weight loss, are we chemically killing ourselves?

If processed food is a major factor in the lack of weight loss, are we chemically killing ourselves?

YES!!!: Most processed foods contain trans fats from partially hydrogenated oils, preservatives, artificial colors & flavors, high fructose corn syrup, chemicals like msg & (unless organic) pesticides & herbicides. All of these are associated with increased risk of serious diseases like heart disease, cancer, diabetes & alzheimer's. An organic diet of whole foods is essential for maintaining optimal health! ...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 is the role of the food and drug administration (fda) in the us cosmetics industry?

What is the role of the food and drug administration (fda) in the us cosmetics industry?

No much: The cosmeceutical industry products are not subject to specific fda review process. Use of such products and their claims have not been studies or reviewed for effectiveness or safety. ...Read more

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Hi I am from south india.Does copying western food culture and food a main reason for obesity and big fat belly in young boys and girls here in india?

Unfortunately: Obesity rates have gone up in a number of countries as their diet has westernized. I do not know enough about india in particular to say what the particular contributors are to obesity in children. Take care. ...Read more

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How high is the percentage of illnesses and death is linked to our dietary habits?

How high is the percentage of illnesses and death is linked to our dietary habits?

Unknown: What I do know is that the people of today's developed world are the healthiest that have ever lived -- thanks to technology, science, sanitation, medical treatments, immunization, and having enough food. As other causes of death have diminished, lifestyle-related (especially obesity) diseases flourish with some impact on vascular health; relating diet to cancer etc. Remains soft. ...Read more

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How common is HIV in teens in the state of PA??

How common is HIV in teens in the state of PA??

Teenage HIV in PA: Adolescents ages 15-24 account for nearly half of the 20 million new cases of sexually transmitted diseases each year in the U.S. [CDC]. So this data indicates 'it's not just HIV' you have to be aware of. For the State of PA, teens made up 5% of new infections in 2012 - and that was almost 1,500 cases. This doesn't count those who are living with the virus. (Stats from PA Dept of health). Be safe! ...Read more

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Is it true that african america women make up the fastest-growing hiv/aids group in the united states?

Is it true that african america women make up the fastest-growing hiv/aids group in the united states?

Black women at risk.: In 2010, the rate of new HIV infections (per 100, 000 population) among black/african american women was 20 times that of white women, and the rate among hispanic/latino women was 4 times the rate of white women. However, the number of new infections among black/african american women in 2010 (6, 100) represented a decrease of 21% since 2008. Always practice safe sex and do not share needles! ...Read more

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Is the cyp450 of the liver responsible for metabolizing pesticides in food?

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Is the cyp450 of the liver responsible for metabolizing pesticides in food?

Sometimes: In addition to the cyp pathways humans use esterases and dehydrogenases to break down pesticides in the liver. These pathways are used to break down many toxins as well as drugs so one way pesticides cause damage is by overwhelming liver detox capability. ...Read more

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What is the difference in the nutritional content of fast food compared to healthy food?

What is the difference in the nutritional content of fast food compared to healthy food?

Fast food: too many calories, too much fat, too much salt, not enough potassium to mention a few. You can go to say McDonald's web site and see all the details on what is in everything they serve. ...Read more

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Is candida infestation of the stomach a major epidemic to the american people?

Is candida infestation of the stomach a major epidemic to the american people?

No: That's internet bunk. I saw the promotions and they're simply not true. Essentially the entire scientific community -- the most cutthroat of all truth-seekers -- has rejected these claims. If you buy into this stuff, you will NEVER feel well again, because nobody is ever cured. I suspect you see through this and I'm glad. ...Read more

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Are there any protein dense food which can be stored in a locker at school and eaten during recess,the food in the canteen is really unhealthy.

Are there any protein dense food which can be stored in a locker at school and eaten during recess,the food in the canteen is really unhealthy.

Ans: You could get the protein bars. Very high in protein and rn tasty as well. You could also get fruit cups or even fruit easy to store and tasty ...Read more

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Because of health risks for humans bovine growth hormone is banned in canada, japan, australia, and all 25 countries of the european union?

Because of health risks for humans bovine growth hormone is banned in canada, japan, australia, and all 25 countries of the european union?

No health risk: Bovine GH is given to cows to increase their milk production. It has no activity in humans and would be destroyed in our digestive tract. Opposition to its use is more political than scientific ...Read more

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Was the sars epidemic in 2003 "engineered" by the pharmaceutical industry a big hoax to for them to market their drugs?

Was the sars epidemic in 2003 "engineered" by the pharmaceutical industry a big hoax to for them to market their drugs?

Absolutely not: There are no drugs which treat sars so there was no way to profit from a random outbreak of a devastating viral infection. Ascribing evil intent to pharmaceutical companies is a popular meme, but few industries can boast such an improvement in our everyday lives. ...Read more

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What about studying medicine in the usa what are the major requirements to accept students especially for the students from united arab emirates ?

Basic sciences: I don't know the citizenship requirements, but you need a year of biology, chemistry, physics, organic chemistry and a year of english to gain entrance to most medical schools. Those courses are usually taken at the university level. ...Read more

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What is the guinness world record for most number of teeth in an adult?

What is the guinness world record for most number of teeth in an adult?

35: Most adults have a maximum of 32 teeth. The guinness world record for the most teeth in the mouth belongs to kanchan rajawat (india) and luca meriano (italy), both of whom had teeth 35 adult teeth as of 17 october 2008. ...Read more

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What to do if i need a book about why fast food is not the cause of obesity?

What to do if i need a book about why fast food is not the cause of obesity?

It is one cause: Fast food is definitely one major contributor to obesity. The carbs and altered fats(high heat) both are bad for you. A great book that you can get information from is called - why we get fat, by gary taubes. ...Read more

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Is it safe to eat fast food even if you don't get fat/obese and still stay in shape? (and additionally do sports like fitness)

Is it safe to eat fast food even if you don't get fat/obese and still stay in shape? (and additionally do sports like fitness)

Fast food: While it is possible to choose healthy options, by its very nature fast food, is prepared quickly and usually is full of artificial ingredients, preservatives and added sugar. ...Read more

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Could privileges be retracted from people if they fail to exercise personal responsibility - regarding obesity?

Could privileges be retracted from people if they fail to exercise personal responsibility - regarding obesity?

Obesity responsible: Obesity rates have tripled over the past 50 years. Our society has changed. The emphasis on food. The food industry. But, we know there is a clear link between obesity and many disease processes. The current cost of obesity is over $100 billion dollars a year. This is not sustainable with our current economic issues and cost of medicine. Many insurances already charge obese subscribers more. ...Read more

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Is fast food alone responsible for our overweight children and early onset diabetes?

Is fast food alone responsible for our overweight children and early onset diabetes?

No: Lots of changes over the decades include more eating out, less exercise, more screen time, targeted advertisements for junk food to children, less healthy food happens to also be cheaper. Both parents working so that someone isn't necessarily cooking at home, so more prepared foods are purchased for convenience. Serving size increases and availability of sugared drinks in larger containers. ...Read more

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Why are so many people in rural america obese now? Dont they grow their own food?

Why are so many people in rural america obese now? Dont they grow their own food?

No way: Just because people in rural america are near farms or have more land doesn't mean they grow their own food. Plus, the problem is convenience and eating out. The service, convenience, and fast food industries in america are horrible - every chain restaurant and most single-location restaurants serve high-fat, high-cholesterol, high-salt, low nutrition foods for cost and speed. ...Read more

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Can a slightly obese indian teenage girl inherit big belly from her father or is it the fast foods she eats that determines her belly fat?

Can a slightly obese indian teenage girl inherit big belly  from her father or is it the fast foods she eats that determines her belly fat?

obese: Her obesity may partially be from genetic predisposition, but it is also very likely that she is either eating fast food, too much food, too many carbs, sugars, junk food, soda, etc. If she ate a healthy diet and exercised regularly, she would likely gradually reduce her body fat. ...Read more

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Can athletes eat fast food without consequences?

Can athletes eat fast food without consequences?

Poor nutrition : The food one eats is the fuel your body needs to perform. As an athlete who wants to perform at a high level, it behooves you to put the best fuel possible in your body. Fast food is one of the worst fuels possible. Consider less processed foods and more natural whole foods. ...Read more

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Is it ok to eat fast food even if your exercising.

Is it ok to eat fast food even if your exercising.

No relationship: Exercising and eating healthy are two separate activities related to maintaining good health. One does not have an effect on the other except that the lack of either can contribute to the development of chronic diseases. It is a common misconception that one healthy activity can neutralize the ill effects of another unhealthy activity, eg. Eating well will not compensate for inadequate sleep. ...Read more

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What is the fast food you can eat on lindora plateau days?

What is the fast food you can eat on lindora plateau days?

Lindora Clinics: I don't know where you live, but if you're involved in the lindora lean for life program you know that there's an online site where you can ask specific questions like that: http://www.Lindora.Com/program_online.Aspx there are also clinics in california, and you can find these at: http://www.Lindora.Com/program_clinics.Aspx you would need to become a patient or member for its 1-on-1 advice. ...Read more

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I'm curious will anything bad happen if i keep eating frozen/fast food?

I'm curious will anything bad happen if i keep eating frozen/fast food?

Definitely ...: Eating a balanced, healthy diet and regular exercise are the keys to a healthy, long life. Continued frozen/fast food consumption as the main part of your diet causes all sorts of negative impacts: worsening of your cholesterol, weight gain, increased risk of heart disease and diabetes, gallstone formation, weakened immune system ... the list goes on! ...Read more

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Is it true that the happiness gained by eating fast food is out-weighed by the cons?

Yes: Your question uses the term "out-weigh" and that is one of several reasons it is true. The caloric load of most fast food - especially the 'happiness' choices - is extreme! It is a very unhealthy way to eat. Also, while I fully believe eating should be pleasurable, it's different than providing happiness. Try to find other experiences and paths to feeling happy. ...Read more

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How do the prices of fast food and healthy food compare?

How do the prices of fast food and healthy food compare?

In this country: quality health food can be significantly more costly than fast foods. ...Read more

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How come i always feel cold and shaky after i eat fast food?

Low blood sugar: The processed food and high calories may be causing low blood sugar after eating. This should be checked out by a physician. You may need to be making better food choices such as eating less processed carbohydrates. ...Read more

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How much fast food would you have to eat to cause a heartattack?

How much fast food would you have to eat to cause a heartattack?

It Depends: No one answer fits everyone here. It depends on the health of your cardiovascular system before during and after eating fast foods laden with saturated fats, excessive calories and sugars wh ich can contribute to pre- diabetes or diabetes and thus significanty increase your risk of heart disease and heart attack. Always ask to see the nutritional information at any fast food resturant. ...Read more

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Does eating fast food Affect sexual ability?

It can: Nasser, Eating fast food in large quantities can lead to obesity, Type II Diabetes, and high cholesterol, all of which can cause erectile dysfunction. This takes years to occur, and wouldn't be a problem in a 16 year old, but if you want to avoid problems down the line, skip the drive thru and eat whole, non processed foods. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Do any fast food chains sell gluten-free food?

Do any fast food chains sell gluten-free food?

Yes, there is: Even if fast food chains do not offer it specifically, there is plenty that you can find. Non-breaded meat; salads (no croutons); french fries; milk shakes, to mention a few. ...Read more

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Do eating fast food cause you to have no energy?

Do eating fast food cause you to have no energy?

Yes and: No.,. If the "fast food" is carbohydrate (especially sugar) a "rebound" may occur and the low blood sugar resulting may make you feel weak (Ie: "no energy") Hope this helps! BTW Try PROTEIN containing "fast foods" Dr Z ...Read more

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Obesity (Definition)

A condition in which a person has too much body fat, with a BMI greater than 30. This indicates the person is not in in good health. It is not the same as being overweight because weight can come from other things like muscle, bone, ...Read more


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Nutrition (Definition)

Nutrition is the synergistic combination of nutrients found in food and water that allows the human body to perform all essential ...Read more