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Dr. Quang Nguyen
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Obesity (Definition)

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 ...Read more


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How do overweight and obese differ?

How do overweight and obese differ?

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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How many pounds overweight is considered obese?

By percentage: It is not the absolute pounds, but takes into consideration you height (in the bmi calculation). More useful, at least in the disease process, is the waist/hip ratio, which shows how much abdominal fat one has. Abdominal fat is particularly metabolically active, and thus more dangerous than leg fat (for example). >102 centimetres (40 in) in men and >88 centimetres (35 in) in women are obese. ...Read more

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What causes someone to go from overweight to obese?

What causes someone to go from overweight to obese?

About 30 lb over: Obesity is a bmi over 30. For most, that is about 30 lb over ideal weight. If you are 5 ft 5 in, your ideal weight us 150lb. So, if you weigh over 180, you would fall into the "obese" category. Of course, you can check a bmi calculator for your specific height and weights: http://www. Nhlbisupport. Com/bmi/. ...Read more

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What is the difference between overweight and obese?

What is the difference between overweight and obese?

BMI body mass: A body mass index of 25-29.9 is considered overweight, while a body mass index of 30 or higher is considered obese. Obese carries higher risk of heart disease and stroke than does being overweight. In both cases, an attempt should be made to attain a normal weight for height through improved eating habits and activity ...Read more

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What is the difference between overweight and obese?

What is the difference between overweight and obese?

A matter of degree: Obese = very overweight.

Bmi correlates height and weight. Bmi between 25 and 30 is overweight. Bmi greater than 30 is obesity. With a lot of muscle this may not be accurate

waist to height ratio can also be used. Greater than 0.5 means obesity.

Slightly overweight (likebmi 26) is not necessarily unhealthy. But obesity markedly increases such health risks as diabetes and high blood pressure. ...Read more

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How many women in the united states are overweight, obese?

How many women in the united states are overweight, obese?

68% overweight!!: Over 2/3 of us adults are overweight (bmi over 25). Among black women, the incidence is 82%. The term "obesity" applies to people with a bmi over 30. That is about 30-40 pounds over ideal weight. The attached picture shows that over 35% of the us is obese! Education, advocacy, and research are available through the obesity action coalition. Check it out. ...Read more

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What is the difference between being overweight and being obese?

What is the difference between being overweight and being obese?

Obese: even heavier: The categories normal, overweight, and obese are defined by the body mass index (bmi), which is a measurement that looks at one's weight in comparison to his height. Tall people are allowed to weigh more than short people are. Bmi calculators are available at the doctor's office and also on the internet. An adult with a BMI of 18.5-24.9 is normal, 25-29.9 is overweight, and 30 or more is obese. ...Read more

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How well does P90X really work for people who are obese/overweight?

How well does P90X really work for people who are obese/overweight?

P90X: Well I'm sure it works great for the owners of the company. Any exercise program with a good dietary program will benefit a patient. Whether p90x has any superiority is debatable. ...Read more

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What is the difference in medical risks, between overweight and obese?

A lot!: The classifications for overweight and obese that are currently in use are based on the body mass index measurement (bmi). Studies have clearly demonstrated morbidity and mortality risks at both underweight and overweight measurements, compared to 'ideal' bmi. However, the level at which optimum risk reduction is seen is not clear, with some showing overweight as best. At obese it is increased. ...Read more

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How does limiting fats help fight against obesity and being overweight?

How does limiting fats help fight against obesity and being overweight?

More calories/gram: Fats contain 9 calories in every gram while carbs and protein have only 4 calories per gram. So eating a food that is mostly fat will give you more than 2 1/2 times the calories of a food the same size that is mostly carbs or protein. For example, putting a tablespoon of butter or margarine on a slice of bread will give you 2 1/2 times the calories as a tablespoon of jam, which is mostly carbs. ...Read more

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I want to know what is the difference between being overweight and obese?

I want to know what is the difference between being overweight and obese?

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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Does the obesity paradox state that it is healthy for someone to be overweight?

Does the obesity paradox state that it is healthy for someone to be overweight?

Yes and No: For most people being overweight or obese is a risk factor for developing coronary arterial disease, type 2 diabetes, hypertension, sleep apnea and other chronic medical problems. For a certain population of patients suffering from heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and renal failure it appears to be advantageous to be overweight. ...Read more

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Why is my body fat percentage no different now that overweight from when I was obese?

Why is my body fat percentage no different now that overweight from when I was obese?

Fat percent: Likely because your amount of fat relative to your total body weight hasn't changed, both have decreased. ...Read more

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Nobody in my family is obese or even overweight. Why do I have to be obese? (5'6, 220lbs)

Nobody in my family is obese or even overweight. Why do I have to be obese? (5'6, 220lbs)

Obesity: Genetics is just one component of obesity. You may have a non-obese family, but you may develop obesity for a number of reasons including hypothyroidism, steroid hormone imbalances, etc. Also, look at your habits. Do you eat healthy? Cut out the carbs, sugars, soda, junk food, and exercise 3-4 times a week. That should cure your obesity. ...Read more

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How much weight do I need to lose to be healthy? I am 5'6 and 205 lbs. Also-am I obese or overweight?

BMI: BMI is 33 considered obese. Your BMR- measures the basic calories you need per day is 2065 -. Would increase activity walk/bike 45 minutes, use 5-10 lbs weights to tone, cut no more than 200 calories/day remember you are still growing, f/u/ w/ doc.

http://www. Bmi-calculator. Net/bmr-calculator/#result

http://www. Nhlbi. Nih. Gov/health/educational/lose_wt/BMI/bmicalc. Ht ...Read more

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Why do overweight/obese people gain weight so fast and get even fatter after being on a very restrictive diet?

Why do overweight/obese people gain weight so fast and get even fatter after being on a very restrictive diet?

Insulin resistant: Insulin is the hormone that drives sugar into the cells where it is stored as fat. Most obese folks are insulin resistant, and have high levels of insulin. That's why Metformin is such an effective weight loss agent. Metformin restores insulin receptor sensitivity, reduces the body's insulin requirement, resulting in reduced carbohydrate cravings and reduced storage of fat. ...Read more

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Why are so many people overweight or obese? Is it just poor food and lifestyle choices or is there more to it than that?

Societal obesity.: The high rate of obesity in American society is related to the pervasiveness of rich food options and sedentary lifestyles. As well, our portion sizes tend to be much larger than they should be. And, were a stressed out society, and stress contributes to an increase in adiposity. Then there's genetics, which play a role within families. ...Read more

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Overweight (Definition)

Overweight = a body mass index (BMI) between ...Read more