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Obesity (Overview)

Obesity is a term used to describe body weight that is much greater than what is healthy. If you are obese, you also have a much higher amount of body fat than is healthy or desirable. Adults with a body mass index (BMI, calculated as weight in kilograms divided by height in meters squared) between 25 kg/m2 and 30 kg/m2 are considered overweight. Adults with a BMI greater than or equal to 30 kg/m2 are considered obese. Anyone who is more than 100 pounds overweight or who has a BMI greater than or equal to 40 kg/m2 is considered morbidly obese.


Dr. Calvin Weisberger
Board Certified, Cardiology
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What is the definition of obese vs. Just overweight?

Dr. Calvin Weisberger
Board Certified, Cardiology
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What is the definition of obese vs. Just overweight?

Obesity: Read the wiki on obesity: https://en.Wikipedia.Org/wiki/obesity.

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Dr. Vicken Poochikian
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Obesity (Overview)

Obesity is a term used to describe body weight that is much greater than what is healthy. If you are obese, you also have a much higher amount of body fat than is healthy or desirable. Adults with a body mass index (BMI, calculated as weight in kilograms divided by height in meters squared) between 25 kg/m2 and 30 kg/m2 are considered overweight. Adults with a BMI greater than or equal to 30 kg/m2 are considered obese. Anyone who is more than 100 pounds overweight or who has a BMI greater than or equal to 40 kg/m2 is considered morbidly obese.


Dr. Robert Kwok
Board Certified, Pediatrics
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How does obesity affect your mental health?

Dr. Robert Kwok
Board Certified, Pediatrics
28 years in practice
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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. Vicken Poochikian
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
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Losing Weight (Tip)

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

Dr. Vicken Poochikian
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
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Overcoming Obesity (Checklist)

Limit your sugar and carbohydrate intake
Once
Exercise regularly
Weekly
Eat a balanced diet
Once
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Dr. Alan 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
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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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Dr. Lisa Saponaro
Board Certified, Clinical Psychology
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What are the symptoms of obesity of the extreme kind?

Dr. Lisa Saponaro
Board Certified, Clinical Psychology
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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

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Dr. Vicken Poochikian
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
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Losing Weight (Tip)

Losing Weight

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

Dr. James Chappell
Board Certified, Plastic Surgery
24 years in practice
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How can ten years old child reduce belly fat, or is it a sign of obesity?

Dr. James Chappell
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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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Dr. Lisa Saponaro
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Is obesity inherited?

Dr. Lisa Saponaro
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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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Dr. Vicken Poochikian
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Diabetes Type 2 (Tip)

Diabetes Type 2

Lose weight: obesity is likely responsible for 20% of the deaths in americans. ...See more

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