- Q What are obesogen chemicals?
Dr. Mehmet Oz, CardiologyWe blame weight gain on eating too many burgers and burning too little fat, but scientists are discovering that chemicals we’re exposed to every day could be a big part of the obesity epidemic. Called obesogens, or endocrine disruptors, these... Full Answer
- Q Can some prescription drugs make me gain weight?
Dr. Michael Roizen, Internal MedicineYou already know that Alfredo sauce and buttered biscuits can plump you up. So can the drugs you take. In a small percentage of people, medications can work against you by increasing your appetite or making you drowsy so you burn fewer calories during... Full Answer
- Q Is obesity contagious?
Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum, Integrative MedicineResearch showed that Adenovirus-36 (Ad-36), a common cause of respiratory and eye infections, caused animals to pack on the pounds in lab experiments. Obese people were three times more likely to have been infected with Ad-36 than thin people in... Full Answer
- Q What are the health risks of being overweight or obese?
Dr. Mehmet Oz, CardiologyBeing overweight can hurt your health in many ways. Watch as Dr. Oz explains why in this video. Full Answer
- Q What are some hidden causes of weight gain?
Dr. Michael Roizen, Internal MedicineYou may feel like you're doing everything right - restricting your calories, exercising your body - yet you keep gaining weight. The issue may be hormonal, such as hypothyroidism (which slows down your metabolism so that you can't burn calories the way... Full Answer
- Q What should I be aware of if I am overweight and need abdominal surgery?
Dr. Anthony Komaroff, Internal MedicineWe all have a fair amount of fatty tissue in our abdominal cavities that surgeons must deal with during abdominal operations. The more fat you have, the more difficult the operation is for the surgeon. Excessive fatty tissue impairs access to the... Full Answer