Are You Too Fat?
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Are You Too Fat?

How much fat is too much? Check your knowledge of obesity -- and when being overweight becomes dangerous.

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Question 1 of 20 Correct

What percentage of American adults are overweight or obese?

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The correct answer is: Sixty-five percent of all Americans age 20 and older are overweight or obese.

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Question 2 of 20 Correct

How many deaths each year are caused by obesity?

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The correct answer is: Obesity causes about 300,000 deaths annually in the United States.

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Question 3 of 20 Correct

True or false: There is no difference between being overweight and being obese.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Being overweight means a person has extra body weight from muscle, bone, fat, and/or water. Being obese means a person has a high amount of extra body fat. Obesity is also linked with a higher body mass index (BMI) than someone who is considered to be overweight.

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Question 4 of 20 Correct

What waist measurement is considered dangerous for women?

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The correct answer is: A waist measurement of more than 35 inches can increase a woman's risk for heart disease and insulin resistance.

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Question 5 of 20 Correct

What waist measurement is considered dangerous for men?

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The correct answer is: A waist measurement of more than 40 inches can increase a man's risk for heart disease and insulin resistance.

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Question 6 of 20 Correct

What body mass index (BMI) is considered obese?

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The correct answer is: A person with a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or more is considered obese. People with a BMI of 35 or more are considered severely obese.

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Question 7 of 20 Correct

Being overweight or obese puts you at an increased risk of developing which of these diseases?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Excess weight and obesity are serious health threats because they are major risk factors for cardiovascular disease, hypertension and diabetes.

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Question 8 of 20 Correct

Obesity stresses which parts of your body?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Obesity stresses your heart, joints, brain and immune system. It also creates stress, both metabolically and psychologically.

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Question 9 of 20 Correct

Obesity increases your risk for which of these cancers?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Being obese increases your risk for developing breast, prostate and colon cancers, among others.

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Question 10 of 20 Correct

What is visceral fat?

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The correct answer is: Visceral fat is the unhealthy fat that collects around the waistline.

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Question 11 of 20 Correct

Which body shape increases your risk for insulin resistance, diabetes, heart disease, cancer and other illnesses?

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The correct answer is: Apple-shaped people -- that is, people who carry excess fat around their middle -- are at greater risk for insulin resistance, diabetes, heart disease, cancer and other illnesses than people who are pear-shaped and carry more of their fat on their hips and thighs.

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True or false: Belly fat makes losing other fat more difficult.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Having belly fat may mean you have a harder time losing other kinds of fat.

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True or false: The older you get, the less efficient your body is at burning fat.

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The correct answer is: This is true. As we age, we lose lean muscle mass. Muscle mass burns more calories, even in a dormant state, than fat. In addition, body fat naturally increases as we age and our metabolisms slow down. All of this combined makes losing weight more difficult as we get older.

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True or false: Being obese puts you at a greater risk for developing gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).

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The correct answer is: This is true. A major cause of reflux is obesity. Increased weight in your stomach can push back against the mechanisms of the esophagus, which will send acid and other digestive fluids back into your esophagus, causing acid reflux.

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Question 15 of 20 Correct

What effect does being obese have on your heart?

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The correct answer is: When a person is obese, that person’s volume of circulating blood goes up. This means that the heart has to pump a greater volume of blood with each heartbeat, which puts strain on the heart over time.

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Question 16 of 20 Correct

The rate of sudden cardiac death in obese people is how much higher than for nonobese people?

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The correct answer is: The rate of sudden cardiac death in obese adults is approximately 40 times higher than for nonobese adults.

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True or false: Being obese increases the chance of surgical complications.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Obesity has been shown through countless studies to increase the risk of surgical complications. The American Heart Association says morbid obesity increases the risk of cardiovascular events and other complications in all types of surgery.

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True or false: The current generation of children may become the first in American history to live shorter lives than their parents.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Childhood obesity is an epidemic, and the current generation of children may become the first in American history to live shorter lives than their parents.

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Question 19 of 20 Correct

Which of these is a risk of childhood obesity?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Obese children have higher rates of premature death than adults.

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True or false: Obese adolscents and teens have higher risks of attempting suicide than teens who are not obese.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Research shows teens who are overweight, or those who think they are, have an increased risk of attempting suicide.

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