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Doctor insights on: Why Fast Food Is Not To Blame For Obesity

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According to the obesity paradox, why is it healthy for people to be overweight?

According to the obesity paradox, why is it healthy for people to be overweight?

For some yes.: Patients with chronic conditions such as congestive heart failure, COPD, chronic renal failure it appears that being overweight and mildly obese associated with improved longevity compared with normal weight patients. This phenomenon has been termed the “obesity paradox” . For everyone else obesity is still considered to be a major risk factor for cardiovascular and peripheral vascular disease. ...Read more

Fast Food (Definition)

Fast food is food that is prepared quickly through a standardized method and is provided at cheap restaurants. Examples of fast food include pizza, burgers, and French fries. Fast food is often loaded with excess sodium, fat, and calories, and increases the risk of obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. ...Read more


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Why are so many people overweight or obese? Is it just poor food and lifestyle choices or is there more to it than that?

Societal obesity.: The high rate of obesity in American society is related to the pervasiveness of rich food options and sedentary lifestyles. As well, our portion sizes tend to be much larger than they should be. And, were a stressed out society, and stress contributes to an increase in adiposity. Then there's genetics, which play a role within families. ...Read more

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Why eating food too fast is not good for your tummy? Does it can cause you to bloat?

Why eating food too fast is not good for your tummy? Does it can cause you to bloat?

Swallowed air: If you eat too fast you can have a lot of swallowed air. If this passes the stomach and you don't burp it up, you can feel bloated. ...Read more

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Is it possible that junk food be the reason why I am losing weight so fast?

Is it possible that junk food be the reason why I am losing weight so fast?

Junk food?: Junk food often makes you gain weight -- at least fat around your middle. Also, it often has unhealthy trans-fats in it -- so that even if you aren't gaining weight, you're adding toxins to your body that it incorporates into your cell membranes which then function poorly. If you have rapid weight loss that you aren't intending to have, see your doctor for a workup. Many possible causes. ...Read more

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What to do if i need a book about why fast food is not the cause of obesity?

What to do if i need a book about why fast food is not the cause of obesity?

It is one cause: Fast food is definitely one major contributor to obesity. The carbs and altered fats(high heat) both are bad for you. A great book that you can get information from is called - why we get fat, by gary taubes. ...Read more

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Is red meat , fast food really that bad for you? Is it food that kills or how much you eat? What do most doctors eat ?

Is red meat , fast food really that bad for you? Is it food that kills or how much you eat? What do most doctors eat ?

Food and Exercise: What you eat can be good or bad for you. You could see a dietitian for advice but I recommend that you also go on-line to see "NuVal". NuVal has a long list of foods that are either very good, not so good, and quite bad for your health and your weight. You should also take time at least once a week to exercise. Not easy in the cold and snow but there are many not very expensive training centers ...Read more

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What to do if i see low carb diets being touted for weight loss. Why is it that there are so many obese?

What to do if i see low carb diets being touted for weight loss. Why is it that there are so many obese?

Because: So many people eat more than they burn off, and therefore they gain weight. We have a sedentary society that like to eat a lot of high-calorie, high fat junk food. Our body still has millions of years old instincts and mechanisms that try to conserve calories. That helped us survive millions of years ago, but is harmful in today's environment and society. ...Read more

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Is it true that if you have phobia of anaphylaxis for food, only thing to overcome it is to eat? Even if your scared and have no food allergies?

Is it true that if you have phobia of anaphylaxis for food, only thing to overcome it is to eat? Even if your scared and have no food allergies?

Gradual exposure: Exposure based therapy for phobias or other anxiety disorders does not jump to the most feared thing first, but by working up a hierarchy from less feared to more feared items & continuing to experience the feared stimuli & not have the feared outcome occur, paired with relaxation training, the level of fear decreases & can be eliminated. Find a therapist experienced in exposure based treatment. ...Read more

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Is there anything we can do to prevent late night cravings? Thinking about food makes me hungry, is there a way to stop that also?

Is there anything we can do to prevent late night cravings? Thinking about food makes me hungry, is there a way to stop that also?

Satisfy Cravings: Eat something good for you that you do not necessarily like very much. The problem with cravings is that they may represent real nutrient imbalances: most often dehydration (drink water before eating anything); too much sodium, too little potassium (eat unprocessed fruit or veggies, like arugula) or too much phosphate not enough calcium (have lowfat, lactose-free dairy). We overeat foods we like. ...Read more

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Why must we avoid processed foods? Why is everyone upset if that is all we can afford?

Health benefits: I think that when possible, there are health benefits to avoiding processed foods. When it is an option avoid them. Sometimes it might not be avoidable. ...Read more

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I have a loss of appetite due to anosmia. Any suggestions on how to make food more appetizing? I don't want to starve but it is truly difficult to eat. Please help.

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I have a loss of appetite due to anosmia. Any suggestions on how to make food more appetizing? I don't want to starve but it is truly difficult to eat. Please help.

Anosmia: Depending on the cause, and whether it is temporary, treating it should bring relief. Examples of temporary anosmia causes are respiratory infection or blockage in the nose, nasal polyps, low thyroid function, sniffing illicit drugs, etc. Some permanent causes are brain injury where olfactory nerve is damaged. Some tx options are steroids & acupuncture. Consult your doctor re. Tx. ...Read more

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For what reason might it be that obese people find restricting food hard, while anorexics find over eating hard?

For what reason might it be that obese people find restricting food hard, while anorexics find over eating hard?

Anorexia : There are many reasons why people over eat. They may eat for emotional comfort, they may lack the hormone that makes them feel full, they may have large stretched out stomachs, etc. On the other hand, anorexics have a psychiatric disorder in which they see themselves as being overweight even when they are extremely skinny. ...Read more

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Why do people still think it is ok to give candy as reward even with all the childhood obesity?

Why do people still think it is ok to give candy as reward even with all the childhood obesity?

More complex!: 2 issues: is it necessary to offer any rewards period? Does offering candy cause obesity? Your question is difficult to comment on since obesity prevention's low lying fruit to chip away at is sugar and processed foods. Portion control, activity, decreased screen time, and a diet with more veggies, fruits, and roots is the rule one should really set. Limits and rules will carry families through. ...Read more

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Some junk foods are obvious. Others i'm not so sure. How do I tell if a food is a junk food?

Some junk foods are obvious. Others i'm not so sure. How do I tell if a food is a junk food?

Sugar and fiber: high processed sugar. Look at the amount of sugar in the food That would be the first indicator. Most junk foods are low in fiber- If the food doesnt have any fiber and is high in sugar, it would classify as a junk food. ...Read more

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What is the way to convince people of the need to healthy eating and exercise work, we are a society likes to eat a lot , our obesity rate is too high?

What is the way to convince people of the need to healthy eating and exercise work, we are a society likes to eat a lot , our obesity rate is too high?

Some ideas: Two things that may work are one: penalties/surcharges for unhealthy living choices(though it hasn't seemed to help too much with the tobacco tax) or significant benefits for healthy lifestyle choices(this is already happening in various health insurance organizations and job benefits). Otherwise it's incredibly difficult. Always keep trying to get the good word out! ...Read more

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Made a sauce but think I have added to much salt can we still eat it or will it make the family sick to eat food that is too salty?

Made a sauce but think I have added to much salt can we still eat it or will it make the family sick to eat food that is too salty?

Dietary salt: High dietary salt intake is generally associated with hypertension or elevation of the blood pressure, that can in turn affect the heart, kidneys and brain over many years if not treated. some people are sensitive to salt more that others. AS a general recommendation reduction of dietary salt intake decrease the risk of heart disease and stroke ...Read more

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I heard that a gluten intolerance can make you gain weight but i'm curious if food allergy is related to weight gain? Is a myth or not?

Depends on situation: Anyone who must alter their diet to avoid foods they can no longer have can overindulge with the "safe" foods. Weight gain is related to total calorie intake and metabolism. Those with a normal calorie consumption and significant food allergies often loose weight. Untreated gluten sensitivity is often marked by weight loss, not gain. ...Read more

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Can starving a child make them wanna eat more because they like to waist food ? Or is it not good for them .

Can starving a child make them wanna eat more because they like to waist food ? Or is it not good for them .

Poor thought: Please never give credit to a small child for adult thinking.They are not little big people.The first year they get all their needs met by adults which makes them feel like kings/queens.As they get older you may want them to "behave" and do what you want but they still think you serve them.They learn to be respectful / behave gradually if you respect & help them.Your suggestion could lead CPS to u ...Read more

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Obesity (Definition)

A condition in which a person has too much body fat, with a BMI greater than 30. This indicates the person is not in in good health. It is not the same as being overweight because weight can come from other things like muscle, bone, ...Read more


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Nutrition (Definition)

Nutrition is the synergistic combination of nutrients found in food and water that allows the human body to perform all essential ...Read more