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.
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.
“More die in the United States of too much food than of too little” ― John Kenneth Galbraith Why are Americans getting bigger by the day? And what's so bad about that anyway? Studies have shown that there are many negative effects associated with obesity. Obesity has been accused of contributing to many long-term conditions, such as heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, diabetes and cancer (Pennybacker 15). Along with the fact that obesity is the most common form of malnutrition in the Western world, it also affects sixty-four percent of Americans (Pennybacker 15; Brownell 1).
Do you know or love someone who is obese? Chances are you do, because every one in three people in the United States is obese. Obesity is a rising problem from adults to even small children. This condition causes many problems ranging from chronic health diseases to emotional disorders. As obesity is the second cause in deaths in America, there are ways to decrease and prevent the number of people living with this condition.
People characterize them as ugly, lazy, and lacking willpower (Torkos 42). These stereotypes can cause an overweight child to have low self esteem which can lead to a much more serious problem, depression. The childhood obesity epidemic needs to be prevented, and the only way to do that is addressing the main causes. Childhood obesity has become a major problem in recent years due to lack of daily physical activity, inappropri... ... middle of paper ... ...gazinesDetailsWindow?query=&prodId=OVIC&displayGroupName=Magazines&limiter=&source=&disableHighlighting=true&displayGroups=&sortBy=&search_within_results=&action=2&catId=&activityType=&documentId=GALE%7CA341533028&userGroupName=wsalemhs&jsid=7299b8c16b5cc9feebb1d4ebb00b4ab1>. Smith, Elizabeth.
Most research is done with the guidelines being a BMI of 25 to 29.9 is considered overweight, and a BMI greater than 30 is considered obese. There are even higher categories where a BMI greater than 40 is considered severely obese. The reason obesity is so awful is because there are serious health risks associated with this problem (Grundy, et al. 1999; NIDDK, 2003; Veronelli, et al. 2004).
There is a book called Understanding Obesity that says that the reason we need to be concerned is that excess weight is the cause of more illness than virtually any other medical condition. So this means that Obesity is a massive problem that affects the health of people. According to a web page Obesity causes 30,000 deaths a year, this is a big number for death and is literary caused because of the food. Obesity is a huge problem in the United States, Americans are grossly overweight, not only adults but also children. There are many causes for this, for example genetics, lack of exercise and food calories; obesity negatively affects our body in many ways causing health problems, people can reduce obesity by weight-loss surgery.
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While obesity is rising at an exponential rate, there is disconnect between how society views and defines obesity and the actual medical costs and future health risks the disease holds (ACSM, 2010). This is where medical professionals need to bridge the gap of medical and social construction. Medical Construction of Obesity: The American Medical Association defines overweight and obesity as abnormal or excessive fat accumulation that may impair health. To classify weight status the most commonly used parametric in adults is Body Mass Index (BMI) a measure of weight-for-height (weight in kilograms divided by height in meters squared) (Cawley, 2010) A BMI greater than or equal to twenty-five is considered overweight, and a BMI greater than or equal to thirty is considered obese. BMI is calculated differently in children because of body fat changes with age, and differs between girls and boys.
Obesity: An Increasing Problem among Americans Obesity is a very common health problem in the U.S., and the number of people considered obese is forever increasing. More than 35.7% of U.S. adults are considered obese (“Adult Overweight”). The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism points out that “obesity is a chronic medical condition characterized by too much body fat” (Beeson, Hill, Wyatt). It is diagnosed by a number called the Body Mass Index or BMI. This number calculates the amount of body fat based on the person’s height and weight.