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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Which doctor treats obesity?

A general practitioner treats obesity.

2. Does a low-calorie diet help in losing weight?

Yes. Weight reduction can be achieved by reducing food intake and by regular exercise. A low-calorie diet should constitute a low carbohydrate, high fiber, moderate protein and a low-fat diet.

3. Does maternal obesity pose a risk to the mother or child?

Yes. A number of pregnancy-related complications like hypertension, gestational diabetes and blood clots can occur in heavy pregnant women as well as complications in delivery. Recently a study has said that maternal obesity confers a risk of having a child with cerebral palsy.

4. How do you prevent childhood obesity?

WHO recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life for infants, nutrition-rich solid foods from 6 months onward, increased consumptions of vegetables, fruits, whole grains and nuts and regular physical exercise of about 60 minutes a day.

5. What are the complications that arise due to childhood obesity?

Obese infants and children are at an increased risk for cardiovascular disease, insulin resistance, osteoarthritis and some cancers.

6. What are the various classes in obesity?

Obesity has 3 classes based on the BMI number.

Class 1 / Moderately obese / low-risk30.0 - 34.9
Class 2 / Severely obese / moderate-risk35 - 39.9
Class 3 / Morbidly obese / high-risk40 and higher
7. What is morbid obesity?

Morbid obesity is reached when the weight of an individual is 100 pounds more than the ideal body weight, the BMI is 40 or more or the BMI is 35 or more accompanied by an obesity-related health condition.

8. What is abdominal obesity?

Abdominal obesity is excess fat accumulation specifically around the stomach and abdomen areas causing a negative impact on health. It is also called central obesity and has been linked to cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer’s disease as well as other metabolic and vascular diseases.

9. How can the food industry help curb childhood obesity?

By reducing fat, salt and sugar content in complementary and processed foods and by substituting unhealthy foods with nutritious and healthy foods.

10. How much does obesity cost the US each year?

As of 2008, the US spends as more that 147 billion dollars a year on obesity healthcare cost.

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Diet control and exercise are only the ways to reduce obesity. If the fat is at alarming level based on tests, you can go for some bariatric surgery.


Obesity is a complex disorder involving an excessive amount of body fat. Obesity isn't just a cosmetic concern. It increases your risk of diseases and health problems such as heart disease, diabetes and high blood pressure. Exercise of course plays a very important role but treatment for obesity begins and ends with A Diet Plan. But this is precisely where we fail to persist. We start off really well though. An all fruit diet or a bowl of steamed veggies for breakfast. No looking at junk food.


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Exercise of course plays a very important role but treatment for obesity begins and ends with A Diet Plan. But this is precisely where we fail to persist. We start off really well though. An all fruit diet or a bowl of steamed veggies for breakfast. No looking at junk food. Taking the stairs to office. Having home cooked carb free lunch.


Obesity in children is also emerging as a major problem now-a-days, let alone the adults. The smartest way to keep oneself fit at any age is to eat healthy, perform good exercises [which cause movement of each and every part of the body], stock up on sleep and be aware of the problems obesity can cause.


Exercise is very important- this keeps your metabolic process up, makes parts of your muscles stronger, and tends to make your heart more powerful. When you have your heartbeat up for a period of time, you deliver much more oxygen to your internal organs! Exercise should be at the minimum 30 minutes a day(cardiorespiratory) and Strength/Resistance instruction to build muscle 3 times a week. In order to observe change in your body nevertheless, you must push your own limits. Exercise is not there to be "easy" it is there to problem you and make yourself feel good.

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