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Is weight management vital to good health?

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Dr. Quang Nguyen
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
15 doctors agree

In brief: Absolutely!

Aside from quitting smoking, it's one the more important thing you can do to improve your overall health.

In brief: Absolutely!

Aside from quitting smoking, it's one the more important thing you can do to improve your overall health.
Dr. Quang Nguyen
Dr. Quang Nguyen
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Dr. Robert Lang
However, eating healthfully is even more important. Overweight people who eat healthfully have less illness than thin people who eat the wrong foods.
Dr. James Long
Obesity is one of the most important public health measures that needs to be addressed in this country.
David Miller
Family Medicine
5 doctors agree

In brief: YES

Weight management is absolutely, positively vital to good health.
Despite what you may see on tv, there is no such thing as a "health but overweight" person. They might not have one foot in the grave but they are not healthy (or at least not as healthy as they could be). And even if bp, labs are normal now, given time these will become abnormal and effect overall health status.

In brief: YES

Weight management is absolutely, positively vital to good health.
Despite what you may see on tv, there is no such thing as a "health but overweight" person. They might not have one foot in the grave but they are not healthy (or at least not as healthy as they could be). And even if bp, labs are normal now, given time these will become abnormal and effect overall health status.
David Miller
David Miller
Answer assisted by David Miller, Medical Student
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Dr. David Wyatt
Family Medicine
3 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Y e s ! !

In brief: Yes

Y e s ! !
Dr. David Wyatt
Dr. David Wyatt
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Dr. Kevin Daus
Obstetrics & Gynecology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

We as americans are killing ourselves by obesity and lack of exercise.

In brief: Yes

We as americans are killing ourselves by obesity and lack of exercise.
Dr. Kevin Daus
Dr. Kevin Daus
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Dr. Robert Muroff
General Practice

In brief: Carrying weight

Carrying extra weight puts demand on the whole system. Fat tissue is living tissue, so the heart and lungs have to work harder to supply the extra tissue with oxygen and nutrients, and the muscle and joints experience more stress to move around the extra weight.
The liver is a place where fat is stored, and the fat can push on the surrounding liver cells and effect the liver's function.

In brief: Carrying weight

Carrying extra weight puts demand on the whole system. Fat tissue is living tissue, so the heart and lungs have to work harder to supply the extra tissue with oxygen and nutrients, and the muscle and joints experience more stress to move around the extra weight.
The liver is a place where fat is stored, and the fat can push on the surrounding liver cells and effect the liver's function.
Dr. Robert Muroff
Dr. Robert Muroff
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