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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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What is the definition or description of: obesity?

What is the definition or description of: obesity?

Insurance Driven Def: 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 not individually that reliable ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: obesity in children?

What is the definition or description of: obesity in children?

As per the CDC: Body mass index (bmi), expressed as weight in kilograms divided by height in meters squared (kg/m2), is commonly used to classify obesity among adults, and is also recommended for children. Bmi-for-age-growth charts for the United States are used to plot percentile. Children with bmi values at or above the 95th percentile are considered obese by this definition. Talk to your pediatrician for more. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: adult obesity?

What is the definition or description of: adult obesity?

Usually based on BMI: Bmi correlates height and weight. Bmi greater than 30 equals obesity. In some people with a lot of muscle this may not be accurate waist to height ratio can also be used. Greater than 0.5 means obesity. ...Read more

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I m obese?

I m obese?

There is Hope!: Eat healthfully ; be physically active. Aim for 7.5 to 8 hrs of sleep / night. Hydrate w at least 64 oz of water / day. Calories burned must > calories consumed. Do both cardio ; weight training. You can mix ; match different kinds of physical exercise. This site helps determine calories burned for > 100 activities: http://www.Prohealth.Com/weightloss/tools/exercise/calculator1_2.Cfm. ...Read more

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I am obese?

I  am obese?

More detail: We would need to know your height, weight, and more usefully your waist and hip measurements before being able to make this assessment. The cdc has a useful calculator you can use, when you have this information: http://www.Cdc.Gov/healthyweight/assessing/bmi/adult_bmi/english_bmi_calculator/bmi_calculator.Html. ...Read more

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Does obesity kills ?

Does obesity kills ?

Absolutely: Obesity causes or contributes to an abundance of medical conditions that can shorten life, from diabetes to heart disease to cancer. ...Read more

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Is obesity inherited?

Is obesity inherited?

Small portion: Obesity is the product of many factors including genetics. Beginning at the cell level, moving to the familial, community, cultural, social, and national levels. The tremendous uptick in obesity rates is certainly not the product of altered genetics but rather an overall societal trends towards enormous portion sizes, high fat & sugary foods, and decreased physical activity. ...Read more

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Is obesity inherited?

Is obesity inherited?

Hardly ever: Obesity is due to poor diet and a massive amount of sugars added to everything. When I graduated high school in 1960, we had not one kid in 300 plus affected with morbid obesity. Our epidemic today is due to artificial additives (high fructose corn syrup--HFCS--was invented by a Japanese scientist in 1960. Our food pyramid was loony--way too many carbs, and NOT ENOUGH FAT. ...Read more