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Dr. Lisa Saponaro
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Overweight (Definition)

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


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I'm getting pins and needles in my chest and neck after running short distances. I'm overweight but walk often 2 - 4 miles every other evening.

I'm getting pins and needles in my chest and neck after running short distances. I'm overweight but walk often 2 - 4 miles every other evening.

?cervical stenosis: If you have a congenital narrowing of the spinal canal, the jostling of running could irritate the spinal cord and cause what is called, a Lhermitte's phenomenon. This can also occur with low vitamin B-12 levels, and inflammation, such as multiple sclerosis. MRI of neck should answer these concerns. ...Read more

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I'm overweight and squats and running hurt my hips and knees. What do I do?

I'm overweight and squats and running hurt my hips and knees.  What do I do?

Low strain workout: Try an exercise routine that is designed for low strain on your joints such as this one: http://www.Youtube.Com/watch?V=xuhyfx5l0pg. ...Read more

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What to do if I am overweight and I get bad shin pains when I run on treadmill; no pain on the elliptical. any ideas how I can prevent shin pains from running?

What to do if I am overweight and I get bad shin pains when I run on treadmill; no pain on the elliptical. any ideas how I can prevent shin pains from running?

Likely shin splints: The treatment is rest. It is an overuse injury caused by increasing your running routine/intensity too quickly. Rest it to avoid further injury. Cross-training (yoga, pilates, resistance exercises, weight training) can help prevent this type of injury. Also make sure you stretch before and after runs, even shorter ones and increase your pace/distance slowly. Good luck! ...Read more

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& or so then could my left bottom heel still like be hurting, aching to walk on from me both being over weight, from my new running/walking shoes too huh? Just wondering!

& or so then could my left bottom heel still like be hurting, aching to walk on from me both being over weight, from my new running/walking shoes too huh? Just wondering!

Planter fasciitis : While being overweight can contribute to your foot pain, you should see a podiatrist and get examined for planter fasciitis. If you get out of bed in the morning and your heel is stiff and sore you could have planter fasciitis. It could also it to hurt and ache when you are walking on it. You need to get it evaluated. ...Read more

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I'm 50 and 40 lb overweight?

I'm 50 and 40 lb overweight?

Change your life: At the most basic level dieting takes no time or money. You can choose to eat less. I am sure you are busy, we all are. Do you have anything more important than your life? We each have 24 hours per day. Find a way to demand that you have earned the right to spend 1 of those hours each day to keep you alive. Would a check for $1million convince you? Would a funeral convince you? What will it take? ...Read more

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Should i still be running at 50+ ?

Should i still be running at 50+ ?

WHY NOT?: If you are healthy, not obese, no arthritis, then go ahead! particularly, if this activity is enjoyable to you. If you are forcing yourself to do it and it is becoming a chore, just walk fast... ...Read more

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Could i be overweight but not fat?

Yes: You might appear "overweight" by some weight standards but it could be related to large muscle mass. ...Read more

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Is being 10lbs overweight healthy?

Is being 10lbs overweight healthy?

Healthy vs risk...: Unfortunately being over weight is actually more common than normal wt these days. As long as you are active, eat a healthy/balanced diet, exercise regularly, don't smoke, and don't drink to excess, you are better off overweight than normal wt and don't do the above. Also, if you have big frame, 10lbs may not make u overweight. Stay healthy. It is a lifelong commitment, but so worth it. Good luck. ...Read more

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I am 5'6 and 192 lbs-am I overweight?

I am 5'6 and 192 lbs-am I overweight?

Yes, by BMI.: Granted, the BMI is a flawed governmental indicator that does not take body composition into account, but at your height and weight, your BMI of 31 would put you into the "obese" category. You should make some efforts to lose weight, as obesity does put you at risk for weight-related health concerns. ...Read more

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I am 5'1 and 115 lbs. Is that overweight?

I am 5'1 and 115 lbs. Is that overweight?

BMI = about 22 kg/m2: Ur BMI (weight in kg divided by body surface area, depends on ht) is ~22 kg/m^2. A BMI b/w 20 to 25 kg/m^2 generally is ideal, so u r not overweight (u r probably near ideal weight). However, other factors go into this calc. Are u dieting? purging? What is ur baseline wt? And what about ur waist-to-hip (circumferences) ratio? These cd help u answer ur question. Talk 2 ur doctor w/ these answers. ...Read more

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How would you know if you are overweight?

How would you know if you are overweight?

BMI is a crude guide: The bmi formula, english units, is (wt in lbs) x 703รท(ht in inches), see: http://en.Wikipedia.Org/wiki/body_mass_index. Optimal just below 20 to ~25 bmi range. However, if very muscular, bmi overestimates body fat. The bigger issue, healthwise, is body fat, which is driven by low-fat diet/foods (carb/sugar is rapidly converted to triglyceride fats, by liver ; stored). See nusi.Org, fatchance.Html. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of being overweight?

What are the symptoms of being overweight?

Many: Overweight is a classification based on what is considered healthy body weight. A bmi > 25 (while it has flaws) is calculated based on your height and weight. There are many social, emotional, and physical effects of being overweight including increased risk for high blood pressure, coronary problems, diabetes, stroke, joint pain, depression, stress, low self-esteem, and stigma to name a few. ...Read more

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Which percentage of Americans are overweight?

Which percentage of Americans are overweight?

Bad News !!!!!: See http://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/health-statistics/Pages/overweight-obesity-statistics.aspx 74% of American men are overweight & 68% of American adults are obese or overweight. EGAD !!! ...Read more

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Is being 160 pounds and being 5'6 overweight?

Is being 160 pounds and being 5'6 overweight?

Calculate BMI: Google body mass index and there are online calculators for bmi. 25-29 is considered overweight and 30+ considered obese but if you are muscular, bmi will overestimate your fat content a little. ...Read more

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Need to know benefits of running extensively?

Need to know benefits of running extensively?

Running: Personally I think.running extensively, marathon like, is not.healthy and does more harm than good. However moderate running is good. ...Read more