Answers to common obesity questions.

How does obesity affect someone’s health ?

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Being obese can cause a variety of health issues, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Obesity-related health problems adults can face include:

  • abnormal levels of blood fats
  • cancer
  • chronic kidney disease
  • coronary heart disease
  • diabetes
  • gallstones
  • gout
  • high blood pressure
  • metabolic syndrome
  • obesity hypoventilation syndrome
  • osteoarthritis
  • reproductive problems
  • respiratory disease
  • sleep apnea
  • stroke

Can weight loss surgery resolve someone’s health issues?

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Weight loss surgery can help improve many obesity-related health issues, according to the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery(ASMBS).

Some conditions weight loss surgery has been shown to improve include:

  • diabetes
  • heart disease
  • high blood pressure

Many people who have weight loss surgery end up taking less medication to treat obesity-related conditions also, according to the ASMBS.

Talk to your doctor for more information about how weight loss surgery can affect health issues.

What is benign obesity?

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Benign obesity is a term sometimes used to describe a condition in which someone is overweight or obese but does not suffer from any other co-morbidities, such as diabetes and hypertension,

Is the concept of benign obesity misleading?

The idea of benign obesity is misleading because even if a person currently has no co-morbid conditions, such as diabetes and hypertension, they deal with in addition to obesity, they can still have problems down the road.

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The long-term effect of carrying around extra weight can lead to heart attack, stroke and dying prematurely.

What is obesity with comorbidities?

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Obesity as a disease can cause people to develop other conditions that can be equally as dangerous and deadly, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Some comorbidities of obesity, according to the NIH, include:

  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Dyslipidemia
  • Gallbladder disease
  • Gout
  • Hyperuricemia
  • Hypertension
  • Insulin resistance
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Sleep apnea
  • Stroke
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Variety of cancers, including colorectal, prostate, endometrial, breast and gallbladder

Battling obesity along with comorbidities can be a burden because the comorbid conditions worsen the difficulties and predicted outcome of the disease.

What is obesity without comorbidities?

While it is not common, it is possible to suffer from obesity without having any known comorbidities.

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Though comorbid conditions – such as diabetes, osteoporosis, sleep apnea and cardiovascular disease – might not be apparent at first, over time, they can become issues.

Over time, the extra weight of obesity takes a toll on the body, which can eventually cause comorbidities to arise

How does sugar affect someone’s health?

Though sugar itself isn’t bad for people, consuming too much has become a norm that can cause health issues.

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The only type of sugar the body needs is glucose, which it can make by breaking down carbohydrates, proteins and fats, according to the NIH.

Studies have found that excess sugar in food can cause obesity and cardiovascular problems, according to the NIH.

For more information about sugar and your health, talk with your physician.

Can artificial sweeteners cause someone to crave sweet foods?

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Though artificial sweeteners are marketed to help keep you from eating and drinking too much sugar, they might be making your craving for sweets even stronger, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Studies have shown it is possible that the very strong sweet taste of artificial sweeteners can lead people to have a “sweet tooth,” according to the NIH.

This can lead to overeating and eating sugary sweets you might have otherwise avoided, according to the NIH.

However, more studies need to be done to determine the specific connection between artificial sweeteners and craving sweets, according to the NIH.

For more information about artificial sweeteners and your health, talk with your physician.

Helping Overweight Child

Overweight Child

As a parent , you can do a lot to help your child reach and maintain a healthy weight. Staying active and consuming healthy foods and beverages are important for your child’s well-being. You can take an active role in helping your child—and your whole family—learn habits that may improve health.

How can I tell if my child is overweight?

Being able to tell whether a child is overweight is not always easy. Children grow at different rates and at different times. Also, the amount of a child’s body fat changes with age and differs between girls and boys.

One way to tell if your child is overweight is to calculate his or her body mass index (BMI). BMI is a measure of body weight relative to height. The BMI calculator uses a formula that produces a score often used to tell whether a person is underweight, a normal weight, overweight, or obese. The BMI of children is age- and sex-specific and known as the “BMI-for-age.”

BMI-for-age uses growth charts created by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Doctors use these charts to track a child’s growth. The charts use a number called a percentile to show how your child’s BMI compares with the BMI of other children. The main BMI categories for children and teens are

  • healthy weight: 5th to 84th percentile
  • overweight: 85th to 94th percentile
  • obese: 95th percentile or higher

Why should I be concerned?

You should be concerned if your child has extra weight because weighing too much may increase the chances that your child will develop health problems now or later in life.

In the short run, for example, he or she may have breathing problems or joint pain, making it hard to keep up with friends. Some children may develop health problems, such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. Some children also may experience teasing, bullying, depression , or low self-esteem.

Children who are overweight are at higher risk of entering adulthood with too much weight. The chances of developing health problems such as heart disease and certain types of cancer  are higher among adults with too much weight.

BMI is a screening tool and does not directly measure body fat or an individual child’s risk of health problems. If you are concerned about your child’s weight, talk with your child’s doctor or other health care professional. He or she can check your child’s overall health and growth over time and tell you if weight management may be helpful. Many children who are still growing in length don’t need to lose weight; they may need to decrease the amount of weight they gain while they grow taller. Don’t put your child on a weight-loss diet unless your child’s doctor tells you to.

How can I help my child develop healthy habits?

You can play an important role in helping your child build healthy eating, drinking, physical activity, and sleep habits. For instance, teach your child about balancing the amount of food and beverages he or she eats and drinks with his or her amount of daily physical activity. Take your child grocery shopping and let him or her choose healthy foods and drinks, and help plan and prepare healthy meals and snacks.

Here are some other ways to help your child develop healthy habits:

  • Be a good role model. Consume healthy foods and drinks, and choose active pastimes. Children are good learners, and they often copy what they see.
  • Talk with your child about what it means to be healthy and how to make healthy decisions.
    • Discuss how physical activities and certain foods and drinks may help their bodies get strong and stay healthy.

Measuring BMI In Children And Teenagers (Part 2)

In adults, BMI values are not linked to age and are the same for both sexes. However, measuring BMI in children and teens is slightly different. Girls and boys develop at different rates and have different amounts of body fat at different ages. For this reason, BMI measurements during childhood and adolescence take age and sex into consideration. Doctors and other health professionals do not categorize children by healthy weight ranges because:

  • they change with each month of age
  • male and female body types change at different rates
  • they change as the child grows taller
  • Doctors calculate BMI for children and teens in the same way as they do for adults, by measuring height and weight. Then they locate the BMI number and person’s age on a sex-specific BMI-for-age chart. This will indicate whether the child is within a healthy range.

The following categories explain the meaning of the results:

Weight status categoryPercentile range
UnderweightBelow the 5th percentile
Healthy weight5th percentile to less than the 85th percentile
Overweight85th to less than the 95th percentile
ObesityEqual to or greater than the 95th percentile

How doctors use BMI

BMI is not accurate enough to use as a diagnostic tool, but it can screen for potential weight problems in adults and children.

If someone has a high or low BMI, a doctor or other healthcare professional might then consider other factors, such as:

  • skinfold thickness measurements, which indicate how much fat is in the body in adults and children
  • evaluations of diet and physical activity
  • discuss any family history of cardiovascular disease and other health problems
  • recommend other appropriate health screenings

The doctor or healthcare professional can then make diet and exercise recommendations based on these results. Excess weight has the following effects on the body:

  • It increases how hard the heart has to work.
  • It raises blood pressure , blood cholesterol and triglyceride levels.
  • It lowers high-density lipoprotein (HDL), or good cholesterol levels.
  • It can make diabetes and other health problems more likely.

low self-esteem and psychological stress

Measuring BMI (PART 1 For Adults)

Body mass index, or BMI, is a measure of body size. It combines a person’s weight with their height. The results of a BMI measurement can give an idea about whether a person has the correct weight for their height. BMI is a screening tool that can indicate whether a person is underweight or if they have a healthy weight, excess weight, or Obesity . If a person’s BMI is outside of the healthy range, their health risks may increase significantly.

Carrying too much weight can lead to a variety of health conditions, such as diabetes, certain cancers and cardiovascular problems.

A weight that is too low can increase the risk of malnutrition, osteoporosis and anemia

BMI does not measure body fat directly, and it does not account for age, sex, ethnicity, or muscle mass in adults.

However, it uses standard weight status categories that can help doctors to track weight status across populations and identify potential issues in individuals.

BMI calculator shows healthy weight

A BMI chart or calculator can show a person if they have a healthy weight.

Calculating BMI involves measuring a person’s height and body weight.

Metric

  • To calculate BMI in metric units, use the following method: BMI = kg/m2
  • So, to calculate an adult’s BMI: Divide their weight in kilograms (kg) by the square of their height in meters (m2)

Since most people measure height in centimeters (cm), divide height in cm by 100 to get height in meters

The following table shows standard weight status categories associated with BMI ranges for adults.

BMIWeight status
Below 18.5Underweight
18.5–24.9Healthy
25.0–29.9Overweight
30.0 and aboveObese

BMI of less than 18.5

A BMI of less than 18.5 indicates that you are underweight, so you may need to put on some weight. You are recommended to ask your doctor or a dietitian for advice.BMI of 18.5–24.9

A BMI of 18.5-24.9 indicates that you are at a healthy weight for your height. By maintaining a healthy weight, you lower your risk of developing serious health problems.BMI of 25–29.9

A BMI of 25-29.9 indicates that you are slightly overweight. You may be advised to lose some weight for health reasons. You are recommended to talk to your doctor or a dietitian for advice.BMI of over 30

A BMI of over 30 indicates that you are heavily overweight. Your health may be at risk if you do not lose weight. You are recommended to talk to your doctor or a dietitian for advice.

Preparing Teenagers and Young Adults to be Useful Citizens (Part 2)

IMPORTANT THINGS IN LIFE
The most important TIME in your life is now; the most important QUESTION in your life is, “What are you going to do now and In the future?” The most important ACTION in your life is Thinking; the most important PERSON in your life is You.
Therefore, don’t procrastinate; know what you are going to do, think things through, And love yourself in order to love another.
It’s not so important to be liked, but to like yourself; it’s not so important to be good, but to be better; It’s not so important to receive respect from others, but to earn respect for yourself; it’s not so important to spend money on a person, but to spend quality time with a person; it’s not important to be important, but to be appreciated.
If no one has told you about right and wrong, or if no one has taught you right from wrong; Then I tell you now: it’s wrong to take property from another, unless given to you; it’s wrong to borrow and not return, or promise to do a deed and not do it; it’s wrong to hurt or kill another person, it’s wrong to bully or hurt another’s feelings.
If no one has taught you right and wrong; Then I tell you more: it’s wrong to hurtfully trick or deceive someone who trusts in you; it’s wrong to hurt someone just because that person Is different from you or different from Most people; it’s wrong to harm animals or desecrate Earth’s Sacred life just for fun or your own selfishness; it’s wrong to abuse yourself or abuse another Person in any way—especially a helpless child Or baby; So if no one has told you, I now take time To tell you— So you can know and think the right and moral Way of living with Earth’s life and your fellow Humankind.
If you can do more good than you do, then do it;
If you can be better than you are, then be it;
If you have the opportunity To do the right thing; Then do not hesitate.

LET US HONOR OUR YOUTH
Let us honor the youth of our seeds, let us honor the fruits of our youth; let us honor our youth through Spotlighting their presence, Spotlighting their participation, Spotlighting their achievements, let us honor our youth through song, Worship, praise, award, ceremony, and love; let us honor ourselves through honoring our youth; let us nourish the youth of our seeds; let us nourish their tiny blossoms and ripening fruits to sound maturity, that we may see them shine for us And themselves.

Preparing Teenagers and Young Adults to be Useful Citizens (Part 1)

One of my cardinal reasons for creating this Blog is to assist parents who are very busy in other fields of endeavor and are not having enough time to alert their teenagers and young adults how to comport themselves  and live as good citizens with the fear of God (Allah) and have inspirations needed to help them reach their determined goals.

Narrating part of my personality, I picked up vegetarian lifestyle 20 years ago and became a vegan 2009 and this lifestyle have eradicated many sickness from my body, flushing out all the sickle cells which I was having in my childhood days. Because ‘am very lenient and patient in all my undertakings most of my friends and acquaintances calls me “Noble”. Concerning spirituality and religious beliefs ; I believe that all religious bodies way of worship are acceptable to God (Allah) but some are more effective than others.

Be kind and wise in spoken words, for surely your words will follow you; be not afraid of risks but be cautious of actions driven by emotion, confusion, and false friends; avoid jealousy of others’ achievements and possessions; don’t live with an insatiable greed for more than you can appreciate or use; don’t eat more than your hunger’s call or drink beyond your thirst’s needs; listen to spirits that favor you and offend not those that oppose you; absorb yourself in an activity worthy of your unique talent, and develop as many common potentialities as you desire and can; whatever you do, do it as well as you can; live comfortably with your conscience, and be at peace with your soul; be courageous in life, while always respecting death’s luring and lurking; rest when tired and think when you are uncertain; be kind to the sacredness of life and respect the natural order of the universe; follow no one or no thing except your own judgment and your own divine wish; Love and respect yourself and your family; be all you can by developing yourself; do all you can in helping worthy others; and live a quality and meaningful life.

Don’t gloat in victory, or pout in failure; don’t brag of your conquests and possessions; be considerate to the less fortunate and graceful with the defeated; suffer you must, but without a murmur of complaint; choose well in your taste and avoid ostentation, showmanship, and buffoonery; let your actions, achievements, and accompaniments speak for you at the expense of your mouth; do and acquire what you like and not things you value highly for their impressions on others; And if they impress others, then let it be; Stay in synch with your energy and mood, while remaining polite, respectful, and responsible; Listen well to your conscience and follow the moral dictates of your natural way; although not perfect, try to do as many of these as often as you can and will; if so, you will earn an air of distinction and class That birth, money, power, and status alone cannot bestow.

BE CAREFUL OF WHAT GOES IN AND OUT OF YOUR MOUTH  Use your mouth sparingly and with grace; talk only when it counts, and eat food in small amounts.
Live long, be safe, avoid excessive chemicals lipped through the face; because tobacco and alcohol can diminish your health, and in the end can pose threat to your wealth.
Live long, live safe, by rarely mouthing off in haste; please, I tell you, if you can, use your mouth sparingly and with grace.

 

life.

About me and why ‘am here.

My name is John Henry Davis, and because ‘am lenient and patient to all that comes my way, most of my friends and acquaintances calls me “Noble Davis” everywhere even on the Facebook.

I have the greatest believe that, all the different religions are all worshipping the same Source of All Life that is God or Allah and I assure you among the tens of different religious bodies, some are very more effective in their worship than others.

I strongly feel greater urge to share the knowledge at my disposal with all that will ever visit my blog, most especially lads and lasses who are advancing to age of maturity. Most of my writings will be in form of short stories in which the reader will find great wisdom and advice that will help him or her in this life’s journey.