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Do lots of people get obesity, or is it unusual?

Do lots of people get obesity, or is it unusual?

Obesity is common: First of all obesity isn't contagious.Obesity is a true medical condition resulting from behavioral, environmental and genetic factors.More than 1/3 of americans are obese.When you include those that are overweight along with individuals that are obese and morbidly obese, this represents about 65% of americans.This is a true epidemic that has actually doubled over the past 20 years. ...Read more

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Dr. Quang Nguyen
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Obesity (Definition)

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 ...Read more


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What ethnicity has most obese people?

What ethnicity has most obese people?

See this at CDC.GOV: Us data shows blacks and hispanic groups have higher rates than caucasians http://www.Cdc.Gov/features/dsobesityadults/but that is a very limited global view. Pima indians and aboriginals have high rates, also certian pacific islanders. ...Read more

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Why might it be that obesity effect some people more severly than others?

Why might it be that obesity effect some people more severly than others?

Obesity: Everyone is different. Some obese people won't develop any medical problems (though rare) and others will develop a lot of medical problems when they are only slightly overweight. The environment, genetics, race, gender, etc. There are a lot of factors. But the bottom line is, everyone is different. ...Read more

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How many obese people are actually obese due to illness and how many just due to laziness?

How many obese people are actually obese due to illness and how many just due to laziness?

Look differently : There is much that we don't understand about obesity, but it is a disorder and it is very complicated. It is a chronic medical condition which needs attention from a wide variety of services. The way the food industry targets children, soda machines in schools, decreased government funding for pe programs, not enough side walks or safe places to play, socioeconomic constraints, etc. ...Read more

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How come people think its bad for an obese person to fast?

How come people think its bad for an obese person to fast?

Fasting: Fasting does nothing beneficial for you. It is not healthy, and certainly does not promote or maintain long term weight loss. When you fast, it slows your metabolism which causes you to gain the weight back (+more) when you stop fasting. This is the yo-yo effect. As a stand alone method for long term weight control, fasting is terrible. Eating healthy and exercising is the best. ...Read more

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What are some things that? People have to sacrifice from being obese?

What are some things that? People have to sacrifice from being obese?

Beyond Diet/Exercise: What are other reasons for obesity, beyond carrying susceptible genes, eating nutrient depleted food and not exercising enough?  there's more to the picture. even if you're doing all these things "right" you can still struggle with your weight. http://www.getrealforkids.com/resources/real-health/obesity/2496-about-obesity. ...Read more

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What are some things that obese people can do to stop being obese?

What are some things that obese people can do to stop being obese?

Several things: The most important part is your commitment to change it. There is no secrets, just hard work. See your physician to start a diet and exercise program according to your body and health condition. He may use medication to help you achieve your goals. But we can only show you the door: you are the one who have to cross it. ...Read more

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Why are so many people in rural america obese now? Dont they grow their own food?

Why are so many people in rural america obese now? Dont they grow their own food?

No way: Just because people in rural america are near farms or have more land doesn't mean they grow their own food. Plus, the problem is convenience and eating out. The service, convenience, and fast food industries in america are horrible - every chain restaurant and most single-location restaurants serve high-fat, high-cholesterol, high-salt, low nutrition foods for cost and speed. ...Read more