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Why do alcoholics have a tendency to be overweight?

Why do alcoholics have a tendency to be overweight?

Not sure they do: The majority of chronic alcoholics are actually underweight. Alcoholics who drink mostly beer (a minority) are getting a large number of calories just from the beer and alcohol, so often are overweight. Alcohol itself has almost as many calories per gram (8) as does fat (9), so people drinking a liter of vodka are taking in 1000svof cals. Just from the alcohol. Heavy drinkers also overeat. ...Read more

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Dr. Lisa Saponaro
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Overweight (Definition)

Nearly two-thirds of the United States population is overweight. There are many ways to determine if a person is overweight, but experts believe that a person's body mass index (BMI) is the best way to assess an adult's weight in relation to their height. * A BMI between 18.5 and 24.9 is considered normal. * Adults with a BMI between 25 and 29.9 are considered overweight. There are exceptions. For example, an athlete may have a higher BMI but not be overweight. * Adults with a BMI greater than 30 are considered obese. * Adults with a BMI greater than or equal to 40 are considered extremely obese. * Anyone more than 100 pounds overweight is considered morbidly obese. A person with a high BMI may have a normal amount of body fat is they have ...Read more


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What is the percentage of a fatty liver turning into cirrosis. Am 34. Non alcoholic. A bit overweight and got fatty liver since 8 yrs. Pcp said 1 %?

What is the percentage of a fatty liver turning into cirrosis. Am 34. Non alcoholic. A bit overweight and got fatty liver since 8 yrs. Pcp said 1 %?

Unlikely: To develop cirrhosis. Fatty liver is endemic in our society and directly related to the obesity epidemic in america. A fatty liver in and of itself without symptoms causes no significant problem. I would stop worrying about some unlikely disease process and investigate weight loss options. ...Read more

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My husband is not alcoholic. Few month ago he took cholestrol medicine .He is over weight. His sgot and sgpt incresed. What can I do for lowering it?

My husband is not alcoholic. Few month ago he took cholestrol medicine .He is over weight. His sgot and sgpt incresed. What can I do for lowering it?

Obesity related: I trust that hepatitis b, hepatitis c, hemochromatosis, wilson's, autoimmune hepatitis, and sensitivity to some medicine isn't the cause, and that he does not have statin myopathy. The metabolic syndrome itself can raise SGOT / sgpt. Perhaps you can make family fitness and healthy eating a priority and help him regain his health. ...Read more

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I am facing overweight?

I am facing overweight?

Lose that weight.: The real key to weight loss is to just watch the size of your portions at meals, eat healthy, and exercise regularly. There's no radical diet or exercise plan or pill that will magically give you meaningful and sustained weight loss. The ol' fashioned way is still be best way to lose weight for the long term. Two pounds per week is a prudent rate of loss. ...Read more

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What defines overweight?

What defines overweight?

Charts: Overweight is defined as having a bmi of 25-30 while obese is having a bmi over 30. Bmi is a calculation based on your height and weight. It is not perfect but a very good general guideline for most people to go by ( football athlete with lots of muscle mass may be technically "obese" on the charts while not actually having too much body fat). ...Read more

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Are there any overweight vegans?

Are there any overweight vegans?

Sure.: Being overweight isn't just about what we eat. There's a lot more that goes into it, including activity level, metabolic rate and genetic predispositions. ...Read more

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Why is it currently the norm to be overweight?

Portions: People eat for a variety of reasons, Many people also dont prepare their own foods. Eating out, there is portion distortion- with larger portion sizes as one contributing factor to overweight. Less activity- and sedentary lifestyle is another contributing factor. ...Read more

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Do alcoholics crave salt?

Do alcoholics crave salt?

No: No more than anyone else craves salt. (unless margaritas are the drink of choice and then, only around the rim of the glass). ...Read more