Still others blame the heredity and/or ethnicity of the person. Many place the blame on more environmental sources. These might include, but are not limited to, education level, peer group, and scocio-economic factors. The American Medical Association identifies genetic, environmental, and psychological influences on obesity (Hwang 1999). According to the American Medical Association, being obese means that 30% of your ideal body weight is constituted by fat.
Some illnesses can lead to obesity or weight gain such as Cushing’s disease or Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (“Adult Overweight”). However, these genes do not always predict future health. Multiple genes may increase a person’s susceptibility for obesity and require other factors such as large food portions or little physical activity (“Adult Overweight”). Obesity can also be caused by common Endocrine diseases or hormonal disorders such as Hypothyroidism or the more rare ones such as Cushing’s synd... ... middle of paper ... ..., n.d. Web.
Obesity can contribute to many adverse health outcomes, called co-morbidities. These include diabetes, hypertension and cardiovascular disease” (Atkinson 1999). According to the American Medical Association, being obese means that 30% of your ideal body weight is constituted by fat. Obesity is determined by measurement of body fat, not merely body weight. People might be over the weight limit for normal standards, but if they are very muscular with low body fat, they are not obese.
Many times you will find that the people who take advantage of food banks are not the ones who would benefit the most from it. Homeless youth tend to feel embarrassed and ashamed to have to rely on food banks. They may believe there is a stigma attached to being homeless and using food banks, hence they avoid it altogether (Jovanovic, Lecture 9). This may also be the reason that they avoid using any health care services that are available to them. Having to deal with health issues, stress in dealing with instability and not being able to predict what the future holds for you, many youth develop mental illnesses.
While caloric intake is just one way a person becomes obese, there are others such as alcoholism, lack of exercise, an under-active thyroid gland, stress and other factors. But for the most part, obesity is caused by excess calories and lack of exercise. (US NATL LIB MED) Obesity affects much more than the just the physical appearance of a person. There are several medical problems that can develop from a person being obese. Obesity increases the chance of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, obstructive sleep apnea, certain cancer types and osteoarthritis.
However there are two reasons. One reason is that companies make it difficult for general population to differentiate in what is healthy and what is not. The second reason is that people who are economically disadvantaged don’t have access to healthier food options, thus contributing to the obesity epidemic. Fast food companies market any product that will sell, even if it may have little to no nutritional value or have detrimental health effects. All of this is committed legally with the help of money.
Restrictive surgery decreases the size of the stomach allowing less food a person can hold. Obesity is a huge problem in the United States because food is everywhere and our lack of exercise does not help matters. Obesity raises your chances of many health problems that could relate to death. Emotions, genes, age, and environmental factors are just a few causes of obesity. Body mass index is the best way to decide if you are over weight.
Paying for college, cars, houses, etc is really tough. Americans even after the recession are still struggling financially to this day says CNBC. Budgeting consume some people 's life and with this comes the cheapest option which is always junk food. Fruit, vegetables and other health foods can put a serious dent in your bank accounts while so called junk food is cheap and tastes good to us. With this lack of time environment as well, we don’t want to take the time to prepare the healthier option either.
According to USATODAY. “If people fail to realize there are consequences from their eating habits, then they will never learn to pay attention to what they eat” (usatoday.com). The best place to start this education is from home (parents) .There is already a chance of gaining weight as people grow old, because their metabolism starts to slow down. According to CDC, over 35% of U.S. men and women were obese in 2009–2010. There was no major difference in prevalence between men and women at any age.
The book Overweight America concludes that obesity wouldn’t be such a problem if people would burn off the calories that they ate. Overweight America states that fewer calories are being burned then ever before, and bad eating habits are happening everywhere mostly because there is high-calorie food waiting to be sold and healthy food is more expensive. Access to healthy food is limited in some communities; for example, Africa. According to Obesity; opposing viewpoints obesity is way higher in lower class homes and communities then higher-class communities. Access to gyms, community centers or safe playgrounds can also have an effect on obesity.