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What Is One Factor That Contributed To The Global Increase In Obesity
Too many 2 count: Where to start? Convenience foods, fast foods, commercial advertising for soda etc... Decrease in the importance of sit down family dinners... Obesity is a multifactoral problem with many causes that we have yet to identify. Fixing the obesity epidemic is also going to have to be tackled from several different angles.. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Eat less, & exercise: Obesity can be prevented or overcome by a permanent change in lifestyle and in personal outlook. If a person eats fewer calories than he needs to live on each day, his body will use the stored fuel (fat). If a person exercises more than he did before, but does not start eating more calories, then his body will use up the fat (stored fuel). Easier said than done, but definitely possible to do! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Portion size, obese: Since the 1950s, our portion size has tripled in this country. Popcorn at movie theater....3x bigger, hamburger, 3x bigger, candy bars, bottles of soda, all bigger. And we've all been trained not to throw out food, because there are starving people in the world. So, if you eat more, even healthy, you eat more calories and fat. Also, you get served 3x more when eating out at restaurants. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Calories & Exercise: Most children have one or more issues- 1) too much junk food (high sugar, high fat foods), 2) too much food (eating more than they need), and 3) not exercising enough. The best approach is to work on all of them to encourage them to have more healthy choices. Making small steps and continuing to adjust will help them learn new habits. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Anorexia, obesity: Both can have significant consequences on your health, and on your life. Best to have a consultation with your family or available doctor to find out if there are any medical problms underlying obesity. Probably not the best solution if someone were considering anorexia to control weight and avoid obesity. ...Read more
I am informed that both obesity and anorexia are bad for your health, but which one is more unhealthy?
Obesity anorexia: Tough question. Both are very dangerous, in the extreme situations. Anorexia can result in general organ shut down and failure from lack of nutrition. Obesity damages all the bodies organs, joints, liver, heart, but does so more slowly over time. Many obese patients have a life expectancy of no more than 65 years. But, I suspect that the average anorexic patient doesn't even live that long. ...Read more
I heard that too much sugar actually leads to diabetes. I also heard that only obesity leads to diabetes. Which one is correct or are both?
Both: Medicine and health is very complex. Outcome is always (or almost always) polypotent. Our body is the system that is built and function on the priciple of balance of many factors. Any factor that is out of balance may lead to problem/disease. ...Read more
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