Obese; The Life of a Fat Person
We have all heard the terms fat, overweight and obese. Each one of these words have their own meaning and negative connotation.
For example, take the two terms overweight and obese. Most people believe that these words are one in the same, but they are not. “ Obesity means having too much body fat. It is different from being overweight, which means weighing too much. The weight may come from muscle, bone, fat, and/or body water. Both terms mean that a person's weight is greater than what's considered healthy for his or her height” (Obesity).
People these days are not eating how they should. Given it is easier to run down to a Kentucky Fried Chicken or even McDonalds after a long day just because people lack the incentive to cook one evening. The fast food industries make big bucks because they are cheap and fast and people like that. Most people do not like to cook meals so they go out more often than not and they do not realize what they are putting into their bodies. Now because of health concerns, some not all, fast food restaurants carry a healthier alternative.
If people want to gorge themselves, quite literally pour a grease trap into their system, and being left vulnerable to unhealthy habits such as binging and lack of exercise, then they should be forced to live with the misery and agony they have brought upon themselves. Surgical procedures are not optional.
We live in a lazy nation and one that suffers from many health related issues associated with obesity. “Obesity is a national health crisis…”(Freedman 1). People are not very understanding of the effects of obesity. “ Health risks of obesity… cardiovascular disease, asthma, high blood pressure, adult-onset diabetes, uterine an...
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...t know about the weight that is sliding off of you.
It is a hard, long, continual process, but if you do not give up, you will be pleased with the results you receive from hard work, perseverance, and just cleaning up your life style. Start with yourself and make a difference by helping those you know. Obesity can be reversed and life can feel much better.
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