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What Risk Factors For Obesity Are Uncontrollable
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
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
Risk of surgery: All of the surgical risks are higher as the weight of the patient goes up. One reason is that surgery is much more difficult to perform in very obese people. The risk of leak, wound infection, deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, cardiac problems, respiratory problems, are all higher in a 500lbs patient. However, it is that kind of patient that will benefit greatly from surgery. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Obesity and diabetes: Obesity and type 2 diabetes are very closely linked. The risks of developing diabetes is much higher in people that are obese. The risks of diabetes include heart disease, kidney failure, blindness, neuropathy, amputation of toes/feet/legs, etc. Obviously there are serious complications that diabetes can cause. ...Read more
Many: Obesity has many health risks including pain and mobility issues, heart problems, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, increased risk of diabetes, depression, social stigmatization. Doctors can help treat many of these comorbidities but the best treatment would be to address the obesity. Reducing weight will help decrease severity and possibly eliminate the health risks. Even a 5% decrease helps. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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