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Dr. Lisa Saponaro
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Overweight (Definition)

Nearly two-thirds of the United States population is overweight. There are many ways to determine if a person is overweight, but experts believe that a person's body mass index (BMI) is the best way to assess an adult's weight in relation to their height. * A BMI between 18.5 and 24.9 is considered normal. * Adults with a BMI between 25 and 29.9 are considered overweight. There are exceptions. For example, an athlete may have a higher BMI but not be overweight. * Adults with a BMI greater than 30 are considered obese. * Adults with a BMI greater than or equal to 40 are considered extremely obese. * Anyone more than 100 pounds overweight is considered morbidly obese. A person with a high BMI may have a normal amount of body fat is they have ...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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