- Q How is intestinal bacteria linked to obesity?
Tim Ferriss, FitnessThere has been a profound shift in our populations of gut bacteria -- the little creatures that live in our digestive tracts -- and studies show the changes as correlated with increased fatness.There are actually 10 times more bacterial cells in your... Full Answer
- Q How safe is it for me to have surgery if I am obese?
Dr. Arthur Perry, Plastic & Reconstructive SurgeryAccording to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, obesity is increasing in the US. In fact, nearly a third of people in 12 states are obese. And while that's bad for your overall health, it's really bad if you're going to have surgery. A... Full Answer
- Q Is obesity the result of genetics or lifestyle choices?
Dr. Michael Roizen, Internal MedicineIf you need to worry about losing 25, 35, even 50 pounds, your problem is not likely to be genetic. Only when your excess weight exceeds 100 pounds would most doctors consider testing for genetic abnormalities.) Researchers argue that obesity is more... Full Answer
- Q How does having parents who are overweight affect a child's weight?
Dr. Vonda Wright, Orthopedic SurgeryThe sad truth is that in this country we have an epidemic of overweight and sedentary children. Their bodies are old before their time, and they are living with chronic metabolic diseases previously seen in old age. Our children are overweight... Full Answer