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Short Term And Long Term Health Conditions Of Obesity Epidemic
Consequences : The consequences of being obese include diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, sleep apnea, heart disease, heartburn, bone and joint disease, hormone imbalances, and having a shorter lifespan. Obesity is the #2 preventable cause of death in the us (smoking is #1). The avg life span has been going up steadily over the past 100yrs, but has stopped and may go down because of obesity. ...Read more
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
Human tech pollution: I don't believe it is an epidemic.An epidemic to me means that there could be a contagious component.While obesity is at extreme levels and on the rise;it's the result of new technologies:overabundance of food, ease of consuming food and lack of physical activity due to advances of sedentary occupations.All of these monumental changes in our environment happened too quickly for mankind to adapt. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
It is stabilizing: While the incidence of obesity has been on the rise for the last few decades, recent data indicates that it appears to be leveling off. The exact reasons are unclear, but increased awareness of the problem and the deleterious effects of fast food are felt to be factors. ...Read more
Please let me know if there is a link between the obesity epidemic and phlalates (xenoestrogenic compounds)?
No: Body fat produces excess estrogens. Xenoestrogens are from sources outside the body ...Read more
Do doctors think it's fair to claim obesity is an epidemic, when people are still dying of malnutrition?
Early grave: Obesity has many physical and emotional health risks. Increased risk of diabetes which has additional health risks, increased risk of blood pressure problems, stroke and heart disease. Increased risk of pain and joint problems, arthritis, back troubles, and problems with mobility. Gastrointestinal problems including increased reflux. Increased risk of depression, social stigma and stress. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What health education can be given to a 54 year old male patient with congestive cardiac failure, hypertension and obesity to ensure a long healthy l?
1200 calories a day: It is hard to give an answer without knowing more about the individual patient's weight, height, and activity levels. In our research trials, we advise women to eat a 1200 calorie diet and then adjust the diet based on weight loss and exercise. This should cause weight loss of about 2-3 lb per week. ...Read more
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