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What is a factor that has contributed to the global increase in obesity?

What is a factor that has 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 more

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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


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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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How can I reduce my risk factors for obesity?

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How can I reduce my risk factors for obesity?

Take care: The best way to avoid obesity is to take care of yourself. There are certain factors that are difficult to control, such as poverty, ethnicity, and your level of education, but certainly using more calories than you take in is the simplest formula. That is, be physically active and make sure to eat moderate portions of healthy foods. For more tips, see the cdc website and your provider. ...Read more

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I was wondering what's 3 reasons why increased portion size affects obesity?

I was wondering what's 3 reasons why increased portion size affects obesity?

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 more

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What are the risk factors for becoming obese?

What are the risk factors for becoming obese?

Sequelae: 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. ...Read more

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Could beer cause one to become obese?

Could beer cause one to become obese?

Yes: A can of regular beer has 146 calories, if you drink 2 to 3 cans you are practically ingesting the calories in a full meal, if you then add what you eat regularly it all adds up. Beer belly is for real. ...Read more

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What is to blame for the increase in obesity in children?

What is to blame for the increase in obesity in children?

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 more

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In general, which one do docs think is worse - being anorexic, or being obese?

In general, which one do docs think is worse - being anorexic, or being obese?

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

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I am informed that both obesity and anorexia are bad for your health, but which one is more unhealthy?

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

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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?

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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Hi, Does a 31.9 BMI mean one looks obese or is just medically obese. I'm a stocky build (5'8 and 207 lbs) and want to lose around 25 lbs. Thank you.

Waist circumference: Hi. Muscular people can have a higher BMI and no be obese because muscle is more dense than fat. Check your waist circumference. The farther below 40 inches it is, the less likely you are to suffer obesity related diseases. Of course the fact you take prednisone (are you chronically on it?), the more likely obesity and obesity related diseases. Weight loss is tough on prednisone. Good luck! ...Read more

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Does obesity increase cancer risk?

Does obesity increase cancer risk?

Yes: The national cancer institute, on its website, lists several cancers whose risks are increased in an obese person. The cancers are: breast cancer in post-menopausal women (women after menopause), endometrial cancer (cancer of the uterus' lining), colon cancer, kidney cancer, and esophagus cancer (the tube that carries food from the mouth to the stomach). ...Read more

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How may obesity contribute to sleep apnea?

How may obesity contribute to sleep apnea?

Extra flesh and fat: Obesity can cause obstructive sleep apnea (osa). A person with osa may not have enough space in the throat area, so air can't flow easily to the lungs during sleep. An obese person has more fat, including in the neck and throat areas, so there is more flesh to block air flow. An obese person lying down has extra weight in the tummy pushing up at the bottom of the chest, making breathing more work. ...Read more

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Does obesity contribute more than cholesterol to cvd?

Does obesity contribute more than cholesterol to cvd?

Both play a role: Obesity carries with it multiple risk factors, including enhanced stress on the cardiovascular system. Cholesterol contributes to atherosclerosis and may predispose to cad, but which is worse is like asking for a good way to die. ...Read more

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How is inflammation and obesity related? How can one reduce inflammation?

How is inflammation and obesity related? How can one reduce inflammation?

Obesity causes infl.: Good question. Recent research shows that fat cells secrete a variety of chemicals that create a chronic state of inflammation, leading to increased risk of diabetes & cardiovascular disease. See http://www. Ncsf. Org/enew/articles/articles-obesityandinflammation. Aspx & http://www. Proteinpower. Com/drmike/inflammation/inflammation-and-diet/ & comment.
Losing weight & a good diet reduces inflammation. ...Read more

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Can the decrease in smoking have anything to do with the increase in american obesity?

Can the decrease in smoking have anything to do with the increase in american obesity?

Not exclusively: Truth be told, the attributable weight gain with respect to quitting smoking is only five pounds, and this is eliminated completely with cardiovascular exercise. So I can't say that the societal increase in smoking has led to a societal increase in obesity. ...Read more

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Can there be any studies on how much soda pop contributes to diabetes and obesity in america?

Can there be any studies on how much soda pop contributes to diabetes and obesity in america?

Several studies: There are a number of studies on this topic that both obesity and diabetes are related to sugary drink consumption. Here are links to a couple:
http://www. Cnn. Com/2013/03/19/health/sugary-drinks-deaths

http://www. Hsph. Harvard. Edu/nutritionsource/sugary-drinks-fact-sheet/. ...Read more

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What has caused the recent increase in childhood obesity?

What has caused the recent increase in childhood obesity?

Children are: Less active and eat more fast food, junk food and sugared drinks. ...Read more

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Does the chemical lactose monohydrate contribute to obesity?

Does the chemical lactose monohydrate contribute to obesity?

In Large Quantities: -ose means sugar. Lactose is the sugar in milk, a 2 sugar molecule of galactose attached to glucose. Though debated, for over a century there has been significant evidence that ingested sugars converted to fat within the liver is a major driver of visceral obesity and cardiovascular disease. See: nusi. Org. However, it is still a quantity and balance issue, so intake quantity & handling remain key. ...Read more

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Is it true that frequent masturbation results to an increase in cordisol and thus obesity?

Is it true that frequent masturbation results to an increase in cordisol and thus obesity?

No: That's one more baseless claim by somebody who's trying to frighten and manipulate you. Trust you don't have an overwhelming obsesion. What you do by yourself -- and almost all guys do -- helps keep the pressure off, lets you stay focused on other things you need to do, and lets you learn about your mind and body in preparation for adult relationships. Talk with some others guys -- maybe even dad. ...Read more