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Dr. Quang Nguyen
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Obesity (Overview)

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 his or her height.


Dr. Quang Nguyen
4,559 doctors shared insights

Obesity (Overview)

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 his or her height.


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How does obesity affect your mental health?

How does obesity affect your mental health?

Sometimes depression: Obesity and depression can be seen together. The person may use food to soothe sadness, and in doing so, gains more and more weight. Then he realizes that he has become obese, and gets depressed because he feels less attractive, is unable to run as fast or jump as high as he used to do, feels helpless as he can't seem to stop eating, etc... When he eats to soothe his depression, the cycle goes on. ...Read more

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Dr. Randy Baker Dr. Baker
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Obesity (Tip)

Diet sodas are proven to increase obesity! Avoid all sodas. Have water, coffee, tea or try kombucha. ...See more

Dr. Payam Rafat Dr. Rafat
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Overcoming Obesity (Checklist)

Limit your sugar and carbohydrate intake
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Exercise regularly
Weekly
Eat a balanced diet
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Dr. Alan Ali Dr. Ali
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Symptomes: abdominal obesity, baldness, brachydactyly, depression, low energy level, muscle twitching, small penis, small testes. What doctor to see?

Dr. Alan Ali Dr. Ali
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Symptomes: abdominal obesity, baldness, brachydactyly, depression, low energy level, muscle twitching, small penis, small testes. What doctor to see?

Genetic/Endocrine?: First get thorough medical workup by a family physician (internal medicine), then further referrals depending on outcome. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of obesity of the extreme kind?

What are the symptoms of obesity of the extreme kind?

Many: Pain in the body particularly the joints. Difficulty with mobility. Shortness of breath. High blood pressure, increased risk of diabetes, increased risk of heart problems including stroke and death, problems related to circulation. Depression, social stigmatization, discrimination, poor self-image. Fortunately, all are improved with reduction in weight and obesity is reversible. ...Read more

Dr. Thomas Wright Dr. Wright
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Obesity (Tip)

Get fitter america! obesity rates doubled between 1990 and 2010 and they continue to rise! ...See more

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How can ten years old child reduce belly fat, or is it a sign of obesity?

Good nutrition: Of course start with an examination by the child's pediatrician. If all is normal, i suggest good nutrition (again, guided by the pediatrician) and healthy exercise habits. My own son just "grew out of" his own belly fat with exercise and diet, and time. If it is genetic, good habits still help. ...Read more

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Is obesity inherited?

Is obesity inherited?

Small portion: Obesity is the product of many factors including genetics. Beginning at the cell level, moving to the familial, community, cultural, social, and national levels. The tremendous uptick in obesity rates is certainly not the product of altered genetics but rather an overall societal trends towards enormous portion sizes, high fat & sugary foods, and decreased physical activity. ...Read more

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Obesity (Tip)

Liposuction and other cosmetic surgical treatments are not treatments for obesity. ...See 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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What other illnesses do I need to test my child for if he is obese?

What other illnesses do I need to test my child for if he is obese?

Obesity-related ones: Obese children can be tested for obesity-related medical problems such as: type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, thyroid hormone imbalances, sex hormone or cortisol imbalances, fat in the liver, gall bladder (bile) dysfunction, exercise intolerance, exercise asthma, heart disease, etc... ...Read more

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Obesity (Tip)

“the commonest form of malnutrition in the western world is obesity.” mervyn deitel. ...See more

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What are the tests for obesity?

What are the tests for obesity?

Weight & Height: Weight & height are used to determine bmi (body mass index). There are publised bmi values for age and gender that tell you if your weight is too low for your height, just right, high (that's obestiy) or dangerously high (that's morbid obesity). Tests like blood suger, thyroid function & lipid levels help assess the risks associated with obesity. ...Read more

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How do I know if I am obese or not?

How do I know if I am obese or not?

Calculate BMI: Body mass index is the ratio of weight to height squared (in metric units). Overweight is regarded as a bmi of 25 or higher. Obesity is generally regarded as a bmi of 30 or higher. This calculator will allow you to figure out your bmi using pounds and inches: http://www.Nhlbi.Nih.Gov/guidelines/obesity/bmi/bmicalc.Htm. ...Read more

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Obesity (Tip)

Sleep apnea is related to heart disease and obesity; it's worth treating, and you'll feel better! ...See more

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What causes obesity to get worse?

What causes obesity to get worse?

Eat more, move less: Anything that causes an obese person to eat more calories or to exercise less will worsen his obesity. Examples: eating as a self-treatment for depression symptoms, eating due to hunger shortly after meals (from high Insulin levels combined with dropping blood sugar levels), not exercising due to being very out-of-shape, not exercising due to being embarrassed by one's public appearance, etc... ...Read more

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What does sequelae of morbid obesity mean?

Sequelae: It means the consequences of being obese, or the bad things that happen to your body from being obese. These include diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, sleep apnea, heart disease, heartburn, bone and joint disease, hormone imbalances, and having a shorter lifespan. ...Read more

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Obesity (Tip)

Myth: lap band surgery is the best cure for obesity! ...See more

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How can I treat obesity?

How can I treat obesity?

Diet and exercise: Make half your meal vegetables and fruits. Go for variety. And keep in mind that potatoes and french fries dont count. Choose whole grains & limit refined grains. Pick the healthiest sources of protein. Drink lots of water. Stay active. Check out http://www.Sparkpeople.Com or http://www.Myfitnesspal.Com. They offers nutrition, health, and fitness tools, support, and resources that are 100% free. ...Read more

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