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Doctor insights on: When Did Obesity Become A Problem In America

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My problem is obesity?

Start w eval by your: Doctor. 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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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 health problems are a result of obesity?

Diabetes: diabetes, high blood pressure, inflamed liver, sleep apnea, are all related to obesity. The metabolic syndrome with large waste,insulin resistance, abnormal cholesterol is also related to obesity. ...Read more

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Is obesity the global cause of health problems?

Is obesity the global cause of health problems?

THE Cause...: Obesity is a major global problem and contributes to numerous other chronic health problems such as diabetes, heart disease, stroke, hypertension, and cancer. Obesity for many is due to the combination of poor food choices/excess calories (mostly carbs) and a sedentary lifestyle. Here is a fact sheet on obesity: http://bit.Ly/lp2qiw. ...Read more

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What percent of america is obese at end of 2012?

What percent of america is obese at end of 2012?

Too many- read on: By definition a person is considered obese if bmi is 30 or greater. The percentage is 35.7 and source is the cdc. I attached the website where you can read the cdc report and see the slides. http://www.cdc.gov/obesity/data/adult.html. ...Read more

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What are common mental health problems of the obese?

What are common mental health problems of the obese?

Low self esteem , de: Obesity sepially by women can lead to low self esteem and depression. And since all psych medications can have the risk for weight gain , many r not compliant with it or even refuse to take it. Therapy iis very important. ...Read more

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I am wondering what health problems can be caused by obesity?

Long list: Some cancers, diabetes, hypertension, arthritis and joint damage, skin infections, possible hyperlipidemia, and the list goes on. ...Read more

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Why would america have such a high proportion of obese people?

Why would america have such a high proportion of obese people?

Food and Cars: Compared to 50 years ago, we now eat much more food at meals, we snack more, we consume more sugar and carbs, and we eat out more at fast food places (where the portion size has trebled). Food is cheaper as proportion of income too. We also drive more, take elevators and escalators and not stairs, spend more time sitting watching tv/computers, and have jobs that are more sedentary. ...Read more

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Need expert help here. What are the problems of children obesity?

Need expert help here. What are the problems of children obesity?

Diabetes etc: an obese child can develop insulin resistance and become diabetic at an early age. Obese children are also at increased risk for fatty livers- especially if they are insulin resistant. They also might get sleep apnea with daytime fatigue and hip and joint problems from the excess weight. High blood pressure is also a problem to be concerned about ...Read more

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How can Americans become less obese with small, everyday changes?

How can Americans become less obese with small, everyday changes?

Lifestyle changes: We as a country do not have a concept of portion control. Being mindful of how many calories one takes in daily and doing a daily cardiovascular exercise regimen will likely help us deal with obesity. ...Read more

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What kinds of issues can make obesity actually a mental health problem?

What kinds of issues can make obesity actually a mental health problem?

Hormones and health : Obesity actually disrupts circulating estrogen and testosterone leading to hormonal imbalances that affect mental health. The poor health that comes with obesity (diabetes, heart disease, joint disease) has a negative effect on mental health. Finally, obesity can worsen self-image and affect mental health. ...Read more

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Why are so many people in rural america obese now? Dont they grow their own food?

Why are so many people in rural america obese now? Dont they grow their own food?

No way: Just because people in rural america are near farms or have more land doesn't mean they grow their own food. Plus, the problem is convenience and eating out. The service, convenience, and fast food industries in america are horrible - every chain restaurant and most single-location restaurants serve high-fat, high-cholesterol, high-salt, low nutrition foods for cost and speed. ...Read more

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Why arent americans concerned about the obesity of their neighbors, apart from the costs?

Why arent americans concerned about the obesity of their neighbors, apart from the costs?

The Blame Game?: In us we have historically felt that obesity is volitional and not a chronic disease. We believe that calories in = calories out. Actually, the human body is not a bank, but a chemistry lab. Therefore, the disease of obesity is not the fault of the afflicted. We do not blame BP or diabetic problems on those suffering. Therefore, our compassion is tempered by our beliefs. Obesity is complex! ...Read more

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How has our society changed in the past 2 decades that has made obesity a major problem in today's youth?

Obese kids: 1. Kids spend more time playing video games rather than being active outdoors. 2. Kids eat more junk food. 3. People eat cheap food when the economy is bad, and the cheapest foods (fast food) tends to be the worse for you. 4. There are more fast food restaurants now than before. The food they serve in schools is terrible. ...Read more

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What percentage of children are obese in n america?

What percentage of children are obese in n america?

A Lot: Estimated , currently, 30-35% are obese or in the high risk category. ...Read more

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Why did so many native americans, especially obese have diabetes?

Why did so many native americans, especially obese have diabetes?

Genetics: Native americans, southern india people have a genetic tendency to develop diabetes. ...Read more

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Insomnia and obesity are my problems. What do I do?

See your doc and: See if he/she will get your hormones checked and order a sleep study. A nutritionist can help w/weight. Gradual lifestyle changes, including some form of exercise, can help but please do it under supervision. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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What are the statistics of obesity and anorexia in america?

Staggering: Among americans age 20 & older, 154.7 million are overweight or obese (bmi of 25.0 kg/m2 and higher): 79.9 million men & 74.8 million women. 23.9 million children ages 2 to 19 are overweight or obese; 33.0% of boys and 30.4% of girls. Of these children, 12.7 million are obese; 18.6% of boys and 15.0% of girls. One in 200 american women suffers from anorexia. ...Read more

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Is the obesity epidemic in america getting better?

Is the obesity epidemic in america getting better?

It is stabilizing: While the incidence of obesity has been on the rise for the last few decades, recent data indicates that it appears to be leveling off. The exact reasons are unclear, but increased awareness of the problem and the deleterious effects of fast food are felt to be factors. ...Read more

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Need expert advice. What health problems are related with teen obesity?

Need expert advice. What health problems are related with teen obesity?

Obesity teenager: There are over 20 different medical conditions that have been linked with obesity. The damage is cumulative over time. They range from elevated cholesterol, to high blood pressure, to heart disease, diabetes, sleep apnea, reflux, asthma, and arthritis. These over shadow the depression, social isolation, social dysfunction, and anxiety all magnified as a teen and all related to obesity. ...Read more

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Aside from health and social problems, what other complications can obesity cause?

Aside from health and social problems, what other complications can obesity cause?

Occupational?: There are only so many different catagories of things. There are emotional, physical, occupational, spiritual and social factors which effect our lives. Obesity can affect any and all of these. Medically speaking, obesity has biopsychosocial ramifications. ...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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