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Doctor insights on: Muscle Toning For The Morbidly Obese

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Could all very fat/morbidly obese people have large bones and big muscles?

Could all very fat/morbidly obese people have large bones and big muscles?

Obese bones: I have been surprised by the muscles in the obese. There seems to be a point where an obese person has bigger muscles than their counterpart-likely due to the increase weight they are carrying around everywhere they go, 24 hours a day. That is, until their activity level slows down. I once took care of a football player, who was pure muscle, but got injured, and weight shot up 100lbs in 1 year. ...Read more

Muscle (Definition)

It is a body tissue that has the ability to contract. It shortens and generates force. It relaxes and returns to its original length. Muscles move joints, stabilize the body, move air and food through the organs, act as valves for bladder, bowel and other organs. They control movement of the eyes. They help us express ourselves by changing the shape of our ...Read more


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Can you explain if it's possible to be morbidly obese/very fat with a small frame and an under developed amount of muscle mass?

Can you explain if it's possible to be morbidly obese/very fat with a small frame and an under developed amount of muscle mass?

Yes: Morbid obesity is simply, by definition, anyone with a bmi (body mass index) > 40, regardless of frame or muscle mass. Morbid obesity is a serious condition which can contribute to hypertension, diabetes, joint pain, etc., so see your physician for treatment if necessary. ...Read more

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What exercise are good for the morbidly obese person?

What exercise are good for the morbidly obese person?

Any: Any increase in your physical activity is good for you. If your knees, back, etc hurt because of your weight consider low impact exercise like water aroebics or swimming. ...Read more

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I'm 5'5 and weigh 280 lbs. Am I morbidly obese?

Yes: Hi. Your BMI is 46.5, morbidly obese. At your young age, that places you at very high risk for obesity-related diseases in the future. Naturally you want to eat healthily and exercise regularly, but you should also consider weight loss drugs and bariatric surgery. Good luck! ...Read more

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What are the differences between overweight, obese and morbidly obese?

What are the differences between overweight, obese and morbidly obese?

BMI is key: Overweight is a bmi over 25. (about 20-25 pounds overweight). Obesity is a bmi from 30-35. This is roughly 30-60 pounds overweight. Morbid obesity is a bmi over 35 (roughly 70 or more pounds overweight). ...Read more

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Ultimate weight loss plans out there for morbidly obese women?

Ultimate weight loss plans out there for morbidly obese women?

Consider surgery: Once obesity has become this extreme, successful weight loss by diet alone is unlikely. She would do well to ask her physician about bariatric surgery. ...Read more

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Hello, I waned to know if a 1000 calorie while exercising is safe. I'm 238 and morbidly obese. I'm a female as well?

Hello, I waned to know if a 1000 calorie while exercising is safe. I'm 238 and morbidly obese. I'm a female as well?

David L. Katz, MD: Please take a look at book by david l. Katz, md. He uses an holistic approach to weight management and overall health. There are so many diets out there; the one you can stick to and slowly decrease weight is best. Dr. Katz can provide good info for you. Please see your doctor first. This will provide the safest and best way to better health. Congrats on your motivation. Peace and good health ...Read more

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I keep gaining weight like crazy and I am constantly hungry. I am morbidly obese... I have very bad willpower what do I do?

I keep gaining weight like crazy and I am constantly hungry. I am morbidly obese... I have very bad willpower what do I do?

Treat depression: Are you a new mom? That is very difficult for someone your age. It is also hard to find motivation to lose weight when you are exhausted. But you need to find time for yourself. This is not just about willpower, it is about how you feel about yourself. Talk to your doc or someone you trust about, how, you feel. That is a good start. ...Read more

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Any concerns for morbidly obese woman with no health issues to follow 1000 cal diet 5 days a week and fast 2 non consecutive days?

Any concerns for morbidly obese woman with no health issues to follow 1000 cal diet 5 days a week and fast 2 non consecutive days?

No: Make sure 1000 cal diet is well balanced with high protein, low carb & good fats with vitamins & minerals. Drink enough water- half your weight in oz/day. Stay under care of your physician. ...Read more

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How much weight could I lose a week eating 1000 calories a day? I'm 5'5, female, and 240 (morbidly obese) I also workout a hour a day at the gym

How much weight could I lose a week eating 1000 calories a day? I'm 5'5, female, and 240 (morbidly obese) I also workout a hour a day at the gym

Varies: Amount of weight lost is based upon the calories burned verses the calories taken in per day. For example, if you burn 2500 calories per day and taken in 1000 calories per day you will lose approximately 1500 calories. If you assume 3500 calories to burn each pound of fat, then you will lose about 3 pounds of fat per week. ...Read more

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At risk for diabetes - family history. Am morbidly obese, trying to lose weight. How do I not have diabetes now? What trips the switch? Age a factor?

At risk for diabetes - family history. Am morbidly obese, trying to lose weight. How do I not have diabetes now? What trips the switch? Age a factor?

Diabetes: There are many factors that contribute to a person developing diabetes. No one could explain why you don't have it now, but you certainly are at a high risk of developing diabetes given your family history and being obese. Cut out the carbs, sugar, soda, junk food in your diet and try to exercise regularly to lose weight. ...Read more

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I'm severely morbidly obese at 490 pounds. I'm a woman who is 5'7" and 24. How many calories should someone obese like me start eating to lose weight?

I'm severely morbidly obese at 490 pounds. I'm a woman who is 5'7" and 24. How many calories should someone obese like me start eating to lose weight?

Congratulations: On asking this question. Please see your doctor for guidance. W/out that your weight loss program can be dangerous. Hormone levels, cardio, etc, all need to be taken into account to create a safe and healthy weight management program for you. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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My daughter is 36, retarded and morbidly obese and has been her whole life and I'm sure that 90% of this is not due to diet. How can an endo help her?

My daughter is 36, retarded and morbidly obese and has been her whole life and I'm sure that 90% of this is not due to diet. How can an endo help her?

Endocrinologist: Endocrinologist are specialist who take care of your organs which make hormones, needed for normal growth. Definitely they would help in your case. ...Read more

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How obese do you have to be to be considered morbidly obese?

How obese do you have to be to be considered morbidly obese?

BMI 40 or higher: Body mass index is the ratio of weight to height squared. Overweight is regarded as a bmi of 25 or higher. Obesity is a bmi of 30 or higher. Morbid obesity is a bmi 40 or higher, and is associated with increased increased disease, disability and death. This calculator will allow you to figure out your bmi using pounds and inches: http://www. Nhlbi. Nih. Gov/guidelines/obesity/bmi/bmicalc. ...Read more

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Please describe the mortality rate for morbidly obese women?

Please describe the mortality rate for morbidly obese women?

About 3-fold higher: According to this paper a woman in her 30's who has morbid obesity (bmi more than 40) is 3.3 fold more likely to die than a woman of the same age who has a bmi of under 25. http://www. Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/pubmed/10227319. ...Read more

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Is the weight watchers program safe and effective for the morbidly obese?

Is the weight watchers program safe and effective for the morbidly obese?

Yes.: Virtually any weight loss program will result in weight loss for someone who is morbidly obese over the short term. This could include something as easy as tracking calories, walking more or as elaborate as getting a personal trainer/chef or joining a health club or weight watchers program. The most important thing to consider is whether the weight loss will be sustainable over the long run. ...Read more

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What can I do if my best friend from college is morbidly obese and I am worried about her?

What can I do if my best friend from college is morbidly obese and I am worried about her?

RIGHT TO WORRY: Morbidlyobese adds problems to life and predisposes to many unnecessary illnesses after time. It isn't just diet; usually there are difficulties in living in other areas. Encourage her to talk with her dr. Go with her to support her. You can't fix her problems, but you can help her do it if she'll let you. ...Read more

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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