Obese

What is Obese?

Obesity is a medical condition in which excess body fat has accumulated to the extent that it may have a negative effect on health, leading to reduced life expectancy and/or increased health problems. In Western countries, people are considered obese when their body mass index (BMI), a measurement obtained by dividing a person's weight by the square of the person's height, exceeds , with the range 25- defined as overweight. Some East Asian countries use stricter criteria.

Obesity increases the likelihood of various diseases, particularly heart disease, type 2 diabetes, obstructive sleep apnea, certain types of cancer, and osteoarthritis. Obesity is most commonly caused by a combination of excessive food energy intake, lack of physical activity, and genetic susceptibility, although a few cases are caused primarily by genes, endocrine disorders, medications, or psychiatric illness. Evidence to support the view that some obese people eat little yet gain weight due to a slow metabolism is limited. On average, obese people have a greater energy expenditure than their thin counterparts due to the energy required to maintain an increased body mass.

Dieting and exercising are the main treatments for obesity. Diet quality can be improved by reducing the consumption of energy-dense foods, such as those high in fat and sugars, and by increasing the intake of dietary fiber. With a suitable diet, anti-obesity drugs may be taken to reduce appetite or decrease fat absorption. If diet, exercise, and medication are not effective, a gastric balloon may assist with weight loss, or surgery may be performed to reduce stomach volume and/or bowel length, leading to feeling full earlier and a reduced ability to absorb nutrients from food.

Obesity is a leading preventable cause of death worldwide, with increasing rates in adults and children. Authorities view it as one of the most serious public health problems of the 21st century. In 2013, the American Medical Association classified obesity as a disease.

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Hii im 27 yrs female suffering from long time obesity since 13 yrs age n now my weight is 92kg at 5 6, i lost my weight from 114 to 76 just two years befor n again im back at 92 kgs.. I have tried aloepathy, homeopathy , gym, yoga ,vlcc, n walks etc but of no avail.. But dont want to go for surgery ? Any suggestions plzzz

doctor1 MD

Dear madam,

It is only the consistent diet and planned exercise that can help you deal with this .

Dr. Shruti

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I am 12 years old,weigh 194 and am 5.1 ft tall. Am I considered fat/obese ?

doctor1 MD

Hi,thanks for query.Your BMI is more then 35.You fall in to obese category.You are still a young boy,please take this seriously and start working to reduce your weight from today only.Teen age obesity is an issue world wide,please discuss this with your parents and doctor and plan things.bye.

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hello. am 50 year old female. feeling of fullness/nausea in stomach, tested for h. pylori, don't have it, am taking newly prescribed (using only two weeks) pump inhibitor, am hypothyroid and taking med for it. blood work for thyroid said it was nearly perfect, taken two months ago. head-achy, really tired, joints hurt (but i put that off to near obesity). had appendectomy last month. was asked at time of appendectomy if i knew i was anemic, as blood work showed moderate anemia, i don't have any numbers to show you, they just said moderate anemia. here's a strange thing, though, have had severe migraines for decades (aura, smelling things, serious vision disturbances) until appendectomy, now they appear to be gone thank goodness. any suggestions? actual question: can any of this be due to anemia? or can appendix cause stomach problems? can stomach problems cause appendicitis? can appendicitis cause migraines? never had problems with digestion before, acid in stomach-will come up at night, acid in stools-make skin raw on exit, so stinking tired i want to cry. sinuses feel slightly swollen, unsure if any connection though. stupid body, want a new one, but don't think you can help with that.

doctor1 MD

Hi
Anaemia can cause all these symptoms.
Appendicitis can cause stomach problems like pain abdomen,vomiting etc.
It has no relation to migraine.
Please take Capsule Rabeprazole with domperidone instead of omeprazole...

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Hello Doctor,
Lately I have noticed my belly fat increasing along with marginal weight gain. can you help me out with suggestion on do's/dont's on my eating habits that could aggrevate the problem.

doctor1 MD

Hi,

Thanks for sharing your concern,

Increase in belly fat or central obesity is one of the important health risks; it is good that you are aware of this.

Ideal Weight depends on your height and waist circumference and is independent risk factor; if waist to hip ratio if >1 is for males it is...

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i am 29 old female . Basically i am a large frame girl only . Befor a year i weighed 165lbs and now 188lbs . Diet does not work and gymming too goes useless . I wanted to come to 150 lbs in 2 months so that i get pregnent . PL i begg you all to help.
Pl mail me a diet and exercise routine for 2 months to reduce 10kg per month . do pl say that lossing 10kg in a month is not advisable . I XXXXXXX bother . Pl give me a plan .

doctor1 MD

Hi,
Thanks for posting your query.
Given that you have tried all types of diet and exercise, I would recommend the following:
1. Get yourself evaluated for certain medical disorders which if left untreated can cause or increase obesity.
- Get a thyroid profile done (TSH,T3,T4). This gives us...

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Hi, I am a 5' 1/2-1" girl, 17 years old, with an athletic build and muscle. I am really concerned I am overweight. I have never weighed what my scale is telling me I weigh, however the scale could be broken but still. The scale says I weigh 127.5-128. I weigh too much, don't I? When I sit down I have a stomach but when I stand up everything minus a small part of my stomach is pretty firm. I just calculated my BMI and it was 24.2, which I am pretty sure is borderline overweight, if not overweight. Can you help me please, help me understand what is happening with my body.

doctor1 MD

DEAR MADAM

BODY MASS INDEX CLASSIFICATION CLASSIFY INTO FOLLOWING CATAGORIES
1. UNDER WEIGHT - 2. NORMAL WEIGHT - 18 - 24
3. OVER WEIGHT - 24 - 29
4. MILD OBESITY - 30 - 33
5. MODERATE OBESITY - 34 - 36
6. SEVERE OBESITY - > 36

ACCORDING TO THIS CLASSIFICATION YOU WILL FALL IN BORDERLINE BETWEEN...

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I have had a rash near my anus for perhaps 10 days. It does not itch. I tried Hydrocortizone for several days and it didn't seem to get worse but nor did it get better. I told my primary care doctor about it and although I was embarrassed to show her, from my description she prescribed Clotrimazole. I used it for several days and still the rash persists. I am not XXXXXXX and there has been no sexual contact of any kind near my anus. I read that the possible side effects of Clotrimazole may indeed be skin rash. Could it be that was the wrong medication and in fact it may be prolonging the rash? If you can tell me which medication would best remedy this I would appreciate it.

doctor1 MD

Hi XXXXXX,
Welcome and thanks for posting your query to Healthcare Magic. My self Dr S K Kanodia and will try to provide you the best of information regarding your query.
- After reading the whole series of description and looking at the picture I can make the possibility of simple "Perianal...

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Hi my mother suffers from hypothyroidism due to which she has gained weight. Her TSH test are normal and even her sugar and blodd tests are normal, but she has unbearable pain in her knees. The doctor says its due to the weight. Please suggest what can be done to reduce weight and the pain in the knee.

doctor1 MD

Hi
Thanks for writing in.
Your mother's BMI is more than 43, which falls under the category of morbid obesity.
Hypothyroidism alone, can never be the cause of such abnormal obesity.
Mostly, it is the result of chronically bad life habits, including a sedentary lifestyle, devoid of exercise, and...

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I m a 56 year old female. I am 5 9 tall and weigh about 180 to 185kg. My exercise regime is restricted to maybe 2 mile walks c 3 times per week. I don t eat lots of fruit and veg and my calorie intake is about c 2500 ish per day. I eat a lot of white (artisan) bread but don t add salt to any cooking or meals. My recent blood pressure reading, taken at home using a reasonable quality BP machine, is 158/107 ..... (last year, whilst during a six month stint of regular exercise, it was c 138/90. Should I worry ?

doctor1 MD

Hello mam you come in grade of very high obesity. Its too high time i can recomend u any diet or exercise. My advice for you will be only bariatric surgery which will help you too loss quickely or else diet and exercise will wont help u much cause it requires lots of effort and good amount of...

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Hi, we visited an Endocrinologist because my wife was complaining of sudden weight gain and tiredness and her TSH was a little high in a recent report. The endo suggested FT3/4, TSH, Antibody , Thyroglobulin , RBS, Insulin and LFT tests. Are all these really necessary? He says she could be mild hypo thyroid. Not sure what is happening. Can you suggest a good endocrinologist in bangalore.

doctor1 MD

Hi,
Welcome to HCM,
If any one gains weight rapidly and have associated symptoms with high TSH, first thing which comes to mind is possibility of Hypothyroidism which may be sub clinical.
But we should keep our mind open to other possibilities also such as metabolic syndrome,simple Obesity and...

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Hii im 27 yrs female suffering from long time obesity since 13 yrs age n now my weight is 92kg at 5 6, i lost my weight from 114 to 76 just two years befor n again im back at 92 kgs.. I have tried aloepathy, homeopathy , gym, yoga ,vlcc, n walks etc but of no avail.. But dont want to go for surgery ? Any suggestions plzzz

doctor1 MD

Hi, I am a 5' 1/2-1" girl, 17 years old, with an athletic build and muscle. I am really concerned I am overweight. I have never weighed what my scale is telling me I weigh, however the scale could be broken but still. The scale says I weigh 127.5-128. I weigh too much, don't I? When I sit down I have a stomach but when I stand up everything minus a small part of my stomach is pretty firm. I just calculated my BMI and it was 24.2, which I am pretty sure is borderline overweight, if not overweight. Can you help me please, help me understand what is happening with my body.

doctor1 MD

Hello, last month i have performed a regular blood test and found my cholesterol level high, i started a diet avoiding fatty and junk food and started to eat healthy food. after one month i did the same test again with good improvement (roughly i...

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hello. am 50 year old female. feeling of fullness/ nausea in stomach, tested for h. pylori, don't have it, am taking newly prescribed (using only two weeks) pump inhibitor, am hypothyroid and taking med for it. blood work for thyroid said it was...

doctor1 MD

I have had a rash near my anus for perhaps 10 days. It does not itch. I tried Hydrocortizone for several days and it didn't seem to get worse but nor did it get better. I told my primary care doctor about it and although I was embarrassed to show...

doctor1 MD

The other day I was cleaning my bedroom like I always do but my heart did like flip flop for a couple of seconds that made me pretty dizzy and I had to take deep breathes to catch it. It all only lasted under a min but it was enough to scare me. Im 30 years old and have six kiddos. Im pretty over weight but really active. Should I see a Doctor? I have felt fine since then but just freaking myself out about it.

doctor1 MD

Hi, we visited an Endocrinologist because my wife was complaining of sudden weight gain and tiredness and her TSH was a little high in a recent report. The endo suggested FT3/4, TSH, Antibody , Thyroglobulin , RBS, Insulin and LFT tests. Are all these really necessary? He says she could be mild hypo thyroid. Not sure what is happening. Can you suggest a good endocrinologist in bangalore.

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