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Doctor insights on: Suffering Malnutrition In North America Due To Poor Eating Habits

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Is childhood obesity due to unhealthy habits or food?

Is childhood obesity due to unhealthy habits or food?

Both: Childhood obesity is predominantly due to excessive calories and decreased physical activity. Kids need to exercise daily. Also, they have no reason to drink soda's, juice, or any other form of caloric beverage if they are overweight or obese. Here is some background on childhood obesity: http://1.Usa.Gov/lbwdrt. ...Read more

Malnutrition (Definition)

Refers to the individual that receives either too few nutrients, too many nutrients, an imbalance of nutrients, or due to comorbidities or underlying inherited or acquired diseases, an under or ...Read more


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What illness does poor hygiene cause in modern cities?

What illness does poor hygiene cause in modern cities?

Dental Decay: Poor dental hygiene relates to higher rates of cardiovascular desease and stroke. The simmering, low grade gum infection or gingivitis activates a body wide inflammatory reaction. The inflammatory cells and its immune chemicals will target tissue away from the teeth too. The small vessels of the heart and brain are affected long term causing heart disease and stroke. ...Read more

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Can suffering a recent bout of food poisoning acquired in a new environment i.E. The west african continent; carry lifelong effects? Abdomen bloated.

Can suffering a recent bout of food poisoning acquired in a new environment i.E. The west african continent; carry lifelong effects? Abdomen bloated.

No it should not.: Follow up with ur dr for any lingering symptom. Take care! http://www.M.Webmd.Com/food-recipes/food-poisoning. ...Read more

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Is poor concentration normal to find in people suffering from depression?

Is poor concentration normal to find in people suffering from depression?

Poor concentration: Poor concentration is a common symptom of depression . .Problems in concentration and focus can occur in a number of disorders or difficulties, such as adhd, bipolar or other cognitive or emotional disorders or even ordinary stress. A psychologist can provide a diagnostic assessment to help understand the nature of the concentration difficulties and what the underlying causes are. ...Read more

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Due to excessive stress i'm experiencing hair loss , loss of appetite and poor sleep, afraid as i might fall into depression. Help me?

Due to excessive stress i'm experiencing hair loss , loss of appetite and poor sleep, afraid as i might fall into depression. Help me?

Get checked out: You need to keep in touch with your primary care physician in order to make sure you are looking good from an internal medicine standpoint through appropriate examination and testing i see you already have been diagnosed as hypothyroid as well. I would also discuss the need of the statin as some people feel lousy on those. You may need a psychological or psychiatric evaluation as well soon! ...Read more

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Could depression or other psychiatric condition cause a 180 reversal in palate, i.E. Cause a lifelong healthy eater to crave fatty fast foods?

Could depression or other psychiatric condition cause a 180 reversal in palate, i.E. Cause a lifelong healthy eater to crave fatty fast foods?

Yes: Many people suffering depression turn to "comfort foods" for temporary relief. This can consist of overeating fatty or sweet foods (cookies, ice cream, etc). Although appetite & eventually weight usually go down with depression, the opposite is not uncommon: sometimes food intake and weight increase instead. Other conditions such as anxiety and mania can also (less often) affect food choices. ...Read more

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How can one's food eating habits over time contribute to the development of diabetes, heart disease, osteoporosis, or cancer?

How can one's food eating habits over time contribute to the development of diabetes, heart disease, osteoporosis, or cancer?

Foods: Clearly there are genetic factors involved but by eating a healthy diet, exercising regularly, not smoking and avoiding toxins you can prevent some or all of these diseases. Just by eating healthy and not being obese you will avoid most of these. Ther are a number of diets and recommendations so you should find what works for you. ...Read more

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Natural disasters can precipitate a rapid spread of disease particularly where hygiene is poor.?

Natural disasters can precipitate a rapid spread of disease particularly where hygiene is poor.?

Disease and Disaster: The vectors of disease in disasters include contaminated water, contaminated food, and exposure to the natural elements. Clean water, clean food, and access to shelter and warmth are critical. Without it, exposure to the elements, germs in contaminated food and water, and lack of hygiene expose one to infection, shock, and starvation of nutrients as well as the cold and temperature change. ...Read more

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My friend has underactive thyroid medically due to iodine deficiency, she moved from Africa to the uk, would a diet high in iodine cure the illness?

My friend has underactive thyroid medically due to iodine deficiency, she moved from Africa to the uk, would a diet high in iodine cure the illness?

Possibly : There are no tests to confirm iodine insufficiency. When iodine deficiency is seen in an entire population, it is best managed by ensuring that common foods that people eat contain sufficient levels of iodine.The primary complication of iodine therapy for iodine deficiency is development of hyperthyroidism. This may occur, especially in patients older than 45 years, because of autonomous nodules. ...Read more

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Is poor nutrition over time caused by not eating healthy food?

Is poor nutrition over time caused by not eating healthy food?

Yes: that is one cause, another cause is a problem with absorbing food. A third cause is a problem with metabolizing the right food. So for example, a person with inflammation of the gut, may eat healthy foods and not absorb them due to inflammation in the intestines. Celiac and Crohns are two examples, and can be tested for. ...Read more

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In the united states. Is morbid obesity in teens happening more?

In the united states. Is morbid obesity in teens happening more?

Yes: Overweight/obesity/morbid obesity has increased in all pediatric age groups (2-18 years old) every year since 1980. ...Read more

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What contributes to foodborne illness outbreaks in restaurants?

What contributes to foodborne illness outbreaks in restaurants?

Poor hand hygiene: The biggest offender is poor hand hygiene. Other major ones: 2. Violating regulations in the safe handling and storage of food 3. Food handlers allowed to work while having a contagious illness 4. Breakdown in following regulations in the production and distribution of food products. ...Read more

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I have been suffering from stress related issues which include anxiety , dissatisfaction , inability to concentrate , lack of sleep .Please help?

I have been suffering from stress related issues which include anxiety , dissatisfaction , inability to concentrate , lack of sleep .Please help?

Coping Skills Needed: Sounds like you have that highly contagious malady known as "life"! you're at that age where you have to figure out what you want from life and how to get it and, yes, it can be stressful. Find a therapist whose approach includes cbt or dbt (look on psychologytoday.Com). Once you develop some coping strategies, you will feel more grounded and less anxious. ...Read more

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What can cause a sperm count to go from excellent to poor, in a year? No history of recent illness or infection. Healthy lifestyle. Age middle 30's.

What can cause a sperm count to go from excellent to poor, in a year?  No history of recent illness or infection. Healthy lifestyle. Age middle 30's.

Low testosterone: may have a pituitary disorder , with low fsh and Lh , but could be a blockage in spermatic ducts, a full evaluation by an endocrinologist [gland doctor] and or a urologist[bladder and genital organ doctor], need full labs and sperm count and repeated exam to prove things, then a lot of things in the scrotum to penis that can cause it, and or certain types of medications. ...Read more

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How high is the percentage of illnesses and death is linked to our dietary habits?

How high is the percentage of illnesses and death is linked to our dietary habits?

Unknown: What I do know is that the people of today's developed world are the healthiest that have ever lived -- thanks to technology, science, sanitation, medical treatments, immunization, and having enough food. As other causes of death have diminished, lifestyle-related (especially obesity) diseases flourish with some impact on vascular health; relating diet to cancer etc. Remains soft. ...Read more

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What causes extreme sleep loss from celiac disease?

What causes extreme sleep loss from celiac disease?

Depends: Hard to tell, but many neurotransmitters are in the gut, and if celiac messes up your gut, it may possibly cause imbalances that may affect sleep. ...Read more

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I am 19 years old, female, i workout and eat well. Is it safe to take oxyelite pro? Hi, i am 19 years old, i workout about 5 or 6 days a week, and i eat well. I put on some unwanted weight about a month ago due to less working out and poor eating habits.

I am 19 years old, female, i workout and eat well. Is it safe to take oxyelite pro? Hi, 
i am 19 years old, i workout about 5 or 6 days a week, and i eat well. I put on some unwanted weight about a month ago due to less working out and poor eating habits.

In : In an 8 week study this supplement did not increase fat loss as compared to inactive pill (placebo). Heart rate and blood pressure have been elevated with this agent. It has not been tested beyond 8 weeks in clinical studies. I do not advise that you take this supplement which appears to be neither safe nor effective. See my blog site for more on weight loss. ...Read more

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If you got appendicitis, does that mean that you had poor eating habits?

If you got appendicitis, does that mean that you had poor eating habits?

Just bad luck.: The cause of appendicitis is not really known. Often there are small hard deposits of stool (called fecaliths) in the appendix when it becomes inflamed. There is no evidence that poor eating habits are associated with appendicitis. ...Read more

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How can you overcome poor eating habits that you developed during childhood?

How can you overcome poor eating habits that you developed during childhood?

"The Power of Habit": Changing lifetime habits is hard! How motivated R U? What will your new habits look like? What steps will this require? Do U expect to gradually introduce changes or suddenly change everything? Changing habits works best when we have (a) clear plan; (b) gradual goals; & (c) an understanding of what may go wrong (esp when our emotions take over & we don't feel like sticking w/the plan) & what to do ...Read more

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Im 22 why do my legs feel so sluggish lately? Lack of excercise poor eating habits or what?

Im 22 why do my legs feel so sluggish lately? Lack of excercise poor eating habits or what?

Could be many things: When this happens to my young and otherwise healthy patients, i first start with telling them to get good sleep, have a good breakfast, avoid excess alcohol, and work in at least 20 minutes of aerobic activity daily. If any other symptoms are happening like numbness, pain traveling from the back, or not getting better after a week or two, they should check in with their doctor. ...Read more

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What are the biggest health risks from poor eating habits?

What are the biggest health risks from poor eating habits?

Obesity generally.: that affects 1 in 3 adults in the US with consequent increased risk of diabetes and heart disease. Changeable, by methods to change behavior. http://www.amazon.com/dp/0692496157/ outlines some habits/compulsions/triggers/patterns of eating that cause obesity and ways to deal with it. ...Read more

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What diseases are related to poor nutrition? Are they all treatable if you start eating right?

What diseases are related to poor nutrition? Are they all treatable if you start eating right?

TNTC: too numerous to count- poor nutrition can lead to any vitamin or mineral deficiency and their consequent problems. Eating right can resolve the problem ...Read more

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Is poor nutrition over time caused by not eating healthy food?

Yes: that is one cause, another cause is a problem with absorbing food. A third cause is a problem with metabolizing the right food. So for example, a person with inflammation of the gut, may eat healthy foods and not absorb them due to inflammation in the intestines. Celiac and Crohns are two examples, and can be tested for. ...Read more

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Can poor nutrition cause platelets to drop?

Can poor nutrition cause platelets to drop?

Not really: Depending on the cause of "poor nutrition", a person may become deficient in iron, B12, folic acid, or something else, but this causes anemia rather than low platelets. "Natural / holistic" diets can be as unhealthy as eating a lot of junk. Best wishes ...Read more

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Besides poor nutrition, what causes vitamin d and iron deficiency?

Besides poor nutrition, what causes vitamin d and iron deficiency?

Depends: Vitamin d deficiency is usually poor intake or lack of sunlight exposure or both. Iron deficiency can be poor intake, poor absorption, or excessive iron loss, which usually means bleeding. ...Read more

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Poor nutrition slows growth but will it affect final height?

Poor nutrition slows growth but will it affect final height?

Yes: Most people reach their maximum height in their late teens. Without nutritional problems or chronic childhood illnesses, height is largely based on genetics and parental heights. Aside from eating right, exercising, sleeping well, and being happy, there's not much a person nor his doctor can do to increase height. In rare cases, growth hormone is approved for use in younger, extremely short kids. ...Read more

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If you were compelled to spend 3 days completely without sleep/poor nutrition, what is the best tactic?Food, sleeping technics, preparation, supplements?

If you were compelled to spend 3 days completely without sleep/poor nutrition, what is the best tactic?Food, sleeping technics, preparation, supplements?

Avoid it: Having been on call a lot in my life, i can tell you that staying awake for 72 hours straight will increase your goofy-titer. Any decisions you make after 24-36 hours are likely to be stupid ones, with slowed reaction time too. You may also hallucinate. Truck drivers, airline pilots, and even military people know to rest and feed themselves. It may be in shifts, but rest is essential. ...Read more

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Is reactive arthritis related to poor nutrition, in terms of causes and treatment?

Is reactive arthritis related to poor nutrition, in terms of causes and treatment?

Reactive arthritis: Arthritis is due to inflammation in the joint spaces. Proper nutrition is important for well-being and for healing. Everyone who has poor nutrition does not have reactive arthritis; the cause and effect relationship between the two is not established. ...Read more

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Is it possible to miss or have a late period because of a combination of too much stress and poor nutrition?

Is it possible to miss or have a late period because of a combination of too much stress and poor nutrition?

Yes: Missed/late period: low body wt, obesity, weight ^ or v, ^exercise, endurance athletics, breast-feeding, stress, illness, eating disorders (bulimia or anorexia), anovulatory cycle (no egg released), travel, perimenopause, just starting menstruation, hormone irregularities, drug use, meds (i.e., birth control) or medical problems (i.e., polycystic ovary syndrome). #1 reason is pregnancy. ...Read more

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Is is true that poor nutrition during your infancy causes you to have shorter arms and legs?

Is is true that poor nutrition during your infancy causes you to have shorter arms and legs?

May: Different type of nutritional deficiencies may produce different growth disorders. Vitamin d defieicncy and resultant rickets may cause arms and legs to be shorter than normal. ...Read more

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How does poor nutrition affect gu system?

How does poor nutrition affect gu system?

Huge effect: In the us poor nutrition usually involves too many carbs and unhealthy fats. That ends up causing many different gu problems from infections to kidney stones to fertility problems. Look into paleo or primal lifestyles to keep all your body systems working well. ...Read more

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Poor Nutrition (Definition)

Poor nutrition or malnutrition occurs when the body has insufficient intake, too much intake that is not healthy or when the diet is poorly balanced . Malnutrition can be the result of poor ...Read more


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Poor Eating (Definition)

Poor eating = Unhealthy eating habits that fail to meet the body's nutritional needs. Examples are eating too much or a diet that is ...Read more