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What are the biological contributors to childhood obesity?

What are the biological contributors to childhood obesity?

Genes, diet exercise: A complex question. Kids can inherit a predisposition to obesity from one or both parents, but whether they actually become obese depends a lot on their caloric intake (especially if they consume lots of high sugar foods and drinks) and how much energy they expend on exercise. Newer research also suggests that the bacteria in your gut may have an important effect on how easily some people gain ...Read more

Dr. Tanya Russo
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Obesity In Children (Definition)

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 ...Read more


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What factors are contribute childhood obesity?

What factors are contribute childhood obesity?

Mostly food choices: Many factors: genetics plays some role. Parental modeling plays large role. Food available in community, tv ads, reduced physical activities, too much tv. The biggest factor is excess food and poor food choices. To help address the problem feed your child plenty of fruits and vegetables while eliminating all sugary beverages and try to cut back on junk foods. See choosemyplate.Gov. ...Read more

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Can neglecting type 1 diabetes for 1-2 years result in the development mental illness?

Can neglecting type 1 diabetes for 1-2 years result in the development mental illness?

MI No; Dementia, Yes: Since diabetes mellitus (elevated glucose) diffusely degrades a huge number of complex body functions, including greatly accelerating atherosclerosis, it degrades brain function in many subtle ways, over time in far more blatant ways (e.g. Stroke), thus increases dementia. Mental illness: thoughts, ideas, behaviors which are destructive to self and others, a different issue, remains more complex. ...Read more

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Poor work history, due to poor handling of stress, nonsocial tendency and/or depression?

Poor work history, due to poor handling of stress, nonsocial tendency and/or depression?

All problems: Poor stress tolerance can lead to depression. Treatment with therapy and possible medications can help teach better coping mechanisms and increase stress tolerance. This leads to better work performance. ...Read more

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Do societal problems like abortion, divorce, ban of child discipline and others contribute to violence in the nation?

Do societal problems like abortion, divorce, ban of child discipline and others contribute to violence in the nation?

Other Problems: Societal problems such as child abuse and neglect, domestic violence, and lack of availability of mental health services contribute to violence in our society. Some of our regulations also need to be re-examined. ...Read more

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What factors contribute to developing sle?

What factors contribute to developing sle?

Unknown: Why the body attacks itself is a mystery however, some medications such as the antibiotic Doxycycline can cause drug- induced lupus. These reactions will typically resolve when the drug is stopped. Autoimmune disease often run in families suggesting that genetic factors are at play. ...Read more

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How can physical/mental health problems of heavy childhood pressure lead to?

How can physical/mental health problems of heavy childhood pressure lead to?

It depends on: What you mean by heavy childhood pressure. There are always pressures on children as they grow and develop. How much pressure is too much varies from child to child. Reasonable expectations and some encouragement to accomplish their best is healthy, if you push too hard it can be unhealthy and have negative consequences. Finding the right balance is every parent's greatest challenge. ...Read more

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What are the ways that genetic factors and environmental factors contribute to autism?

What are the ways that genetic factors and environmental factors contribute to autism?

Work together: Over a very short period of time the incidence of autism has increased so significantly that genetics alone cannot be the explanation. Environmental influence on genetically susceptible individuals can explain the increase. There are thousands of subtle genetic differences that may only present clinically under certain environmental influences. Decreasing negative environmental exposures is key. ...Read more

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How often is teenage depression related to genetic factors?

How often is teenage depression related to genetic factors?

Sometimes: Real depression have a genetic component. However, teenagers are at a critical time in brain development where they are more susceptible to feeling all emotions more intensely and less likely to have the area of the brain developed that is responsible for planning and thinking things through. This is why 25% of teenagers experience "storm and strife" which is different than depression. ...Read more

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Have high hiv/aids infections contributed to lower economic growth rates?

Have high hiv/aids infections contributed to lower economic growth rates?

Unsure if true in US: It is not clear that hiv/aids has contributed to lower economic growth rates in the us as the prevalence of HIV infection in the us is not as high as others. However, hiv/aids has dramatically affected and decimated economies in many countries in africa because of the high prevalence. Many people infected with HIV in africa are in their productive years, but can't work thus affecting economy. ...Read more

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Do environmental factors play a role in the progression of beta-thalassemia?

Do environmental factors play a role in the progression of beta-thalassemia?

No, but. . .: Environmental factors generally do not play a role in beta thalassemia. However, a patient can be worsened by conditions that typically worsen anemia, such as dietary iron deficiency, other nutrient deficiencies (such as folate (folic acid) or vitamin b12), lead poisoning, or infections with viruses that can cause anemia (such as parvovirus b19). Vacationing at high altitudes may cause symptoms of low oxygen. ...Read more

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Can compounding trauma (Alzheimer in family, death of parent,etc) during childhood be a trigger for migraines and other health issues later in life?

Can compounding trauma (Alzheimer in family, death of parent,etc)  during childhood be a trigger for migraines and other health issues later in life?

Speaking as a: psychologist, the liklihood of onset depression goes up during the teen years if there is trauma or loss during the critical window of age 2 to 4. This is because of a developmental stage--constancy--that is interrupted, and then re-visited during the teen years, when it is again interrupted through individuation. Physical illnesses can accompany this, but consult an MD for more specific info. ...Read more

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What childhood experiences cause high anxiety and mental illness later?

What childhood experiences cause high anxiety and mental illness later?

Perhaps: A childhood marked by dysfunction can raise levels of anxiety. Abuse/ neglect may increase the risk for developing certain mental illnesses. Symptoms need to be assessed in context. ...Read more

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Help plz! Can schizophrenia develop due to environmental factors alone without a genetic predisposition?

Help plz! Can schizophrenia develop due to environmental factors alone without a genetic predisposition?

Psychosis: Psychosis can have different roots and some cases might look very similar to some Schizophrenia(s). But even they may have some predispositional contribution. As far as I've ever heard - Sz does have at least a significant genetic element. Best! ...Read more

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Can strokes cause mental illness regardless of age?

Mental illness?: What do you mean by "mental illness"? Schizophrenia? Bipolar disorder? Please define your terms. Strokes cause COGNITIVE deficits which vary depending on affected hemisphere. They can cause personality changes but this is rare. They can cause psychosis but this is ALWAYS transient (hours or days). They can definitely cause mood changes (depression or euphoria) but that's not really "illness." ...Read more

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Who is to blame for the rise of childhood obesity?

Who is to blame for the rise of childhood obesity?

All of us: Like many things in life this one is multifactorial. Kids spend less time running and playing. Cheaper high carbohydrate foods are so much easier to get rather than healthy stuff. Both parents working thus easier to hit mcdonald's instead of a home cooked meal. I could go on forever but that won't solve the problem. Lead by example: eat healthier, walk a little more. No hypocrisy! ...Read more

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Can stress accelerates the development of type 2 diabetes for 23y guy ?

Can stress accelerates the development of type 2 diabetes for 23y guy ?

Yes it can: Stress can disturb your sleep, and create too much cortisol in your system. If on top of this you overeat (especially processed junk foods) you can gain weight and become Insulin resistant. This paves the road to type ii diabetes. Best to get a handle on your stresses -- and build resilience with exercise, consistent rest, and healthy eating. ...Read more

Dr. Quang Nguyen
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Obesity (Definition)

Having too much body fat. It is different from being overweight, which means weighing too much. The weight may come from muscle, bone, fat, and/or body water. Both terms mean that a person's weight is greater than what's considered healthy for ...Read more