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Glossary of Weight Loss Terms

Background Retinopathy: an early stage of diabetic retinopathy that usually does not impair vision - also referred to as "nonproliferative retinopathy".

Ballistic Stretching: bouncing to increase the amount of stretch. Can cause muscle tears and soreness and is not recommended.

Barbell: a long bar with weights attached to each end. Requires both hands to pick up.

Bariatric: The branch of medicine dealing with the causes, prevention, and treatment of obesity, both pharmacological and surgical.

Bariatric Surgeon: Also known as obesity surgery specialist. A doctor who performs bariatric surgery.

Bariatric Surgery: Also known as weight-loss surgery, surgery for morbid obesity, stomach stapling surgery, gastric stapling, stomach stapling, stomach stapling obesity surgery, morbid obesity surgery, and stomach reduction surgery.

Basal Metabolic Rate(BMR): is the rate at which energy is used by the body to maintain basal metabolism.

Basal Metabolism: energy used for metabolism when the body is at complete rest - closely related to the muscle mass. Usually measured by the amount of oxygen consumed.

Beta Cells: the insulin producing cells of the pancreas.

Behavior Modification: Change of behavior by the manipulation of cues and environment factors that trigger behaviors.

Beta Oxidation: Process by which fat is broken down in order to generate ATP

Brittle Diabetes: Phrase used when a person's blood glucose (sugar) level often swings quickly from high to low and from low to high - also called labile and unstable diabetes.

Biceps: the muscle running along the inside of the upper arm which bends your arm at the elbow.

Binge Eating: an eating disorder characterized by eating more than normal food and feeling that what is being eaten and how much is being eaten is out of the control of the person doing the eating.

Binge Eating Disorder: An eating disorder involving uncontrolled eating of large amounts of food but without vomiting or laxative purging.

Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis: method of body composition analysis based on electrical conductance and the greater electrical conductivity of fat-free mass.

Biological Value(BV): measure of protein quality based on the percentage of absorbed nitrogen that is retained by the body.

Biomechanics: the study of the mechanics of muscular activity.

Blood Glucose: Blood glucose (blood sugar) refers to sugar in the form of glucose.

Blood Pressure: is the force of the blood on the walls of arteries. Two levels of blood pressure are measured - the higher, or systolic, pressure, occurs each time the heart pushes blood into the vessels, and the lower, or diastolic, pressure, occurs when the heart rests. In a blood pressure reading of 120/80, 120 is the systolic pressure and 80 is the diastolic pressure.

Blood Sugar: Glucose in the blood.

BMI(Body Mass Index): An index of a person's weight in relation to height, determined by dividing the weight (in kilograms) by the square of the height (in meters).

Body Fat: the percentage of your body mass that is not composed of lean muscle, water, bones or vital organs.

Bontril SR: An appetite suppressant that works by stimulating the nervous system.

Buffed: Slang term used to describe someone with good muscle size and definition.

Bulemia: An eating disorder involving self-induced vomiting to limit calories often following episodic eating binges.

Bulimia Nervosa: An eating disorder involving episodic binge eating followed by feelings of guilt, depression, and self-condemnation.

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