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.
The definition of obesity is: the condition of being grossly fat or overweight. In the U.S there are approximately ninety-seven million adults are either overweight or obese. To be obese is considered 100 pounds over your ideal weight. Approximately 300,000 people die from obesity each year according to Stanford Hospital and Clinical. Obesity; Opposing viewpoints mentions that the rates of obesity are skyrocketing every year the prevalence of women are 50% more then they are in men.
Obesity in United States has caused over 112,000 deaths that could have been prevented. Obese citizens all over the world are at high risk for multiple health issues such as high blood pressure, heart diseases, Type 2 diabetes, and High cholesterol, some type of cancer, Hypertension, and Cardio vascular disease. In the United States highest concern with obesity is the health risk within obese adults. In comparison to United States, Mexico shares the same problems. Mexico has more obese adults then America does.
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 is a medical condition in which excess body fat has accumulated to the extent that it may have an adverse effect on health, leading to reduce life expectancy and/or increased health problems. Obesity has been a health problem ever since infectious disease had began in the first half of the 20th Century. The person with obesity is not the only person who is affected by their disease. In the case of childhood obesity, It can affect the parents because they might be the cause of the child’s issues. It can also lead to many different health problems such as cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and respiratory problems, and it can also even lead to death.
With all of these health concerns, why is obesity an increasing problem? According to the Colorado Health Net the cost of treating obesity and health-related concerns amounts to about $68 billion per year, not including the $30 billion per year spent on additional weight loss diet programs and special foods. http://www.coloradohealthnet.org./. There are many different viewpoints as to ways to attack the growing problem of obesity. Experts claim to have found an obesity gene, which explains that those who are obese have little control over it http://dmi-www.mc.duke.edu/dfc/gene.html .
By being physically fit, it helps maintain a healthy weight, build strong bones, and prevent health problems. To conclude this discussion, Obesity is a standing and rising problem in the United States. If more people exercise regularly and practice a healthy diet, the population of obese people will decline. Obesity can cause several health and emotional issues and is the second cause of death in America. Since statistics show that one in three adults are obese, and one in five children are obese, there is a need for healthier meals and more exercise to stop the rise of this condition.
America as a whole needs to change the image of the nation and make the nation healthier. Let’s look at the facts when it comes to obesity. According to Felipe Lobelo, more than 78 million adults in America are obese, that’s about 35.7% of adults in this nation and growing daily. More than 12.5 million children in America or about 16.9% of children in this nation that are obese and that number is also growing every day. Classifying who is obese and who isn’t obese is determined by percentages of body fat.
Insulin is supposed to transport blood sugar into the cells of the muscle and fat. Since the year 1980 the obesity rate in the U.S. has changed. In 2000 the obesity rate was 30% percent but in 2013 it became 68%. Obesity could be a disease to some people because it increases the chance of getting high blood pressure, heart disease, type 2 diabetes and even some cancer. The American Medical Association has said “Recognizing obesity as a disease will help change the way the medical community tackles this complex issue that affects approximately one in three Americans,” (Harris, 2013).