Overview of Obesity

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"Obesity is defined as having an excessive amount of body fat" (Zeratsky). Obesity is not just about being overweight or eating unhealthy food. Obesity itself is much more complicated than that and has become a worldwide problem. People are considered obese if our body fat percentage is high enough and also if you are thirty-five pounds overweight (Hellmich). Body Mass Index is something a lot of doctors talk about in the health world and it is abbreviated BMI. BMI is how we measure if we are at a healthy weight or not. Determining if we are healthy or not based off of our BMI is not the best or most accurate way to go. Measuring by our BMI could tell us that we are healthy, but really our body's fat percentage could still be too high. Obesity is not just about being unhealthy and weighing a lot more than one should, they could weigh a normal amount and still be considered obese. Normal body weight is also obese as it was just pointed out. This is so, because while our weight is healthy, our body fat is high enough to be considered obese. No one is immune to obesity and it can occur at any age. With this being said, everyone should watch what they eat and get enough exercise throughout their lives.
Not many people pay attention to labels on the cereal box or the soda they are drinking. "More than one-third of the U.S. adults, 35.7 percent, are obese" (Adult). Junk food has become a meal in most teenagers lives and adults who are always on the go. They don't have time to eat in the mornings before work or school, so therefore they eat processed sugared foods. Situations like these though are only one of the many possible situations that could lead to obesity. In the years 2004-2005, a...

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