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Doctor insights on: Reasons Not To Blame Fast Food For Obesity

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What to do if i need a book about why fast food is not the cause of obesity?

What to do if i need a book about why fast food is not the cause of obesity?

It is one cause: Fast food is definitely one major contributor to obesity. The carbs and altered fats(high heat) both are bad for you. A great book that you can get information from is called - why we get fat, by gary taubes. ...Read more

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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Is it safe to eat fast food even if you don't get fat/obese and still stay in shape? (and additionally do sports like fitness)

Is it safe to eat fast food even if you don't get fat/obese and still stay in shape? (and additionally do sports like fitness)

Fast food: While it is possible to choose healthy options, by its very nature fast food, is prepared quickly and usually is full of artificial ingredients, preservatives and added sugar. ...Read more

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Is there a reason why I am suddenly allergic to fast food?

Is there a reason why I am suddenly allergic to fast food?

Food allergy: Can you be more specific of what reactions you have? Aversion and allergic reactions are quite different. ...Read more

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Is it possible that junk food be the reason why I am losing weight so fast?

Is it possible that junk food be the reason why I am losing weight so fast?

Junk food?: Junk food often makes you gain weight -- at least fat around your middle. Also, it often has unhealthy trans-fats in it -- so that even if you aren't gaining weight, you're adding toxins to your body that it incorporates into your cell membranes which then function poorly. If you have rapid weight loss that you aren't intending to have, see your doctor for a workup. Many possible causes. ...Read more

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For what reason might it be that obese people find restricting food hard, while anorexics find over eating hard?

For what reason might it be that obese people find restricting food hard, while anorexics find over eating hard?

Anorexia : There are many reasons why people over eat. They may eat for emotional comfort, they may lack the hormone that makes them feel full, they may have large stretched out stomachs, etc. On the other hand, anorexics have a psychiatric disorder in which they see themselves as being overweight even when they are extremely skinny. ...Read more

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Has the ban on junk food adverts had any positive effects on obesity in children?

Has the ban on junk food adverts had any positive effects on obesity in children?

Some positive effect: A study published last summer in the journal pediatrics concludes that laws strictly curbing school sales of junk food and sweetened drinks may play a role in slowing childhood obesity. Students exposed to strong laws at baseline gained less weight and were less likely to remain overweight or obese over time than students in states with no laws. ...Read more

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What has junk food advertising done to childhood obesity?

What has junk food advertising done to childhood obesity?

Definite increase: There is a strong connection between junk food advertisements and eating habits. Fast food and especially soft drink commercials are also very strong culprits contributing to childhood obesity. Data showed that the beverage industry spent more than $3 billion/yr marketing to kids. One of three kids are currently at risk for obesity. Regulations are being developed to curb this practice. ...Read more

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Hi I am from south india.Does copying western food culture and food a main reason for obesity and big fat belly in young boys and girls here in india?

Unfortunately: Obesity rates have gone up in a number of countries as their diet has westernized. I do not know enough about india in particular to say what the particular contributors are to obesity in children. Take care. ...Read more

Fast Food (Definition)

Fast food is food that is prepared quickly through a standardized method and is provided at cheap restaurants. Examples of fast food include pizza, burgers, and French fries. Fast food is often loaded with excess sodium, fat, and calories, and increases the risk of obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. ...Read more


Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Nutrition (Definition)

Nutrition is the synergistic combination of nutrients found in food and water that allows the human body to perform all essential ...Read more