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Obesity (Overview)

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


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What is the definition of obese vs. Just overweight?

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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Obesity (Overview)

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


Dr. Robert Kwok
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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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Losing Weight (Tip)

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

Dr. Marsha Davis
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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. Lisa Saponaro
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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

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Dr. Marsha Davis
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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

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

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?

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. Marsha Davis
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Losing Weight (Tip)

Losing Weight

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

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