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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 not individually that reliable
Obesity: Read the wiki on obesity: https://en.Wikipedia.Org/wiki/obesity. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Symptomes: abdominal obesity, baldness, brachydactyly, depression, low energy level, muscle twitching, small penis, small testes. What doctor to see?
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
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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