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Obesity in the USA

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The United States has even been called an overweight nation. About 20% to 30% of American adults are now considered obese. Even though some Americans are in the healthy category, others enter the underweight, overweight, and even obese categories. Not only is obesity unhealthy, but it is also considered unacceptable. People have been labeled and made fun of their entire lives due to obesity. For some this is an uncontrollable way of life. An example of this are shirts which say "No Fat Chicks", showing that overweight people are unacceptable and undesirable. People are made fun of, often never to regain full acceptance.

Some people are to be blamed for their poor health status, while others blame their heredity or ethnicity. Many place the blame on more environmental sources. These might include, but are not limited to, education level and peer groups. The American Medical Association identifies genetic, environmental, and psychological influences on obesity.

You are considered obese by the American Medical Association, if 30% of your body weight is fat. . Obesity occurs when a person has a greater calorie intake than he or she burns during that day. Dr. Mary Ferguson believes that "doctors need to encourage greater weight loss in obese patients due to the fact that obese people are twice as likely to die from such health conditions as heart disease, strokes, cancer, gallbladder disease and diabetes. Dr. Ferguson also stated that the average number of deaths a year caused by obesity is 324,940 in the USA.

There are many different type of treatments for this disorder including: diets, medications, and in some cases, behavior modifications. It is important for these fat people to receive the treatments available to them because obesity lowers the quality of life and makes the person more socially unacceptable. As treatment options increase, obesity also becomes less acceptable. Advances in technology have increased leading to the discovery of liposuction, a medical procedure where the individual's body fat is literally vacuumed out of their body.

Since people often socialize with people who are more similar to them. An obese person's group of friends may also be obese. Since they are obese, overeating is a natural thing to them and they may encourage the obese attitude and lifestyle. If two fat people are with each ot...

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...ble acting in "Baywatch" and "VIP", it shows that we are part of a shallow society where people are based and rated due to their looks. People who follow our society's definition of attractive may have a less chance in making something of themselves then someone who is "hot". A person who isn't appealing has a harder time and much work a lot harder to achieve the same status of somebody who gets through life based on their looks.

In conclusion, obesity is a serious and dangerous disorder. If obese people are to be confronted or seeking help for it, it must be remembered that their feelings are probably fragile with the subject since they have been considered deviant and made fun of most of their lives. Their is not immediate cure. The only thing that can be done is steady dieting, exercising and surgery. Just because the person doesn't look like you, doesn't mean they don't have feelings and that they aren't human beings as well. People should be seen for what's inside rather than what their appearance lacks. Besides, even if you feel that you are superior to a person suffering from obesity, in some cultures, you would be the less desirable person with the abnormal body.
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