Cleveland chat for adults
In a live chat online at Monday, a panel of experts from the Cleveland Clinic, Health Span, Metro Health Medical Center and University Hospitals fielded questions and comments about obesity. Here are a few of your questions from the discussion, and some answers: Q: What are the top causes or contributing factors to the increase in obesity?CLEVELAND, Ohio – On Monday, we asked you for your questions and comments about obesity. The causes are many, and include fast food and convenient prepared foods; sugary drinks; lack of activity; use of high fructose corn syrup; lack of sleep; and work environments – long work hours with short or no breaks for meals, and odd shift work – that aren't conducive to healthy living.A lower carb (low sugar); high fiber, higher protein and low fat diet is best. What is more important is making conscious, deliberate healthy choices, even if in small increments over a period of time to develop long lasting healthy lifestyle habits.
Patients over age 70 should talk with their doctor to see if they might benefit.
Q: How does being obese puts someone at greater risk for developing other health issues?
Obesity is linked to heart disease, type 2 diabetes, cancer, osteoarthritis, lung disease, hypertension, high cholesterol, and sleep disorders among other conditions.
Surgery should be a last option after all other weight loss efforts have been attempted.
For children and adolescents, it shouldn't take place before they have completed their growth, and it should be for very obese children, and as a very last resort.