We Can Prevent Obesity

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There are many serious health issues today in society. A few of them are anorexia nervosa, bulimia, diabetes, and obesity. Today, obesity is one of the most popular diseases around the world. Obesity typically means having a body mass index of thirty kilograms or more. If taken in more calories than burned, it leads to being overweight, and eventually obesity. Since the 1960s, people in the United States and other industrialized countries have become heavier on average. Excess weight is the cause of more illness than virtually any other medical condition. Most people still do not practice healthy behaviors that can prevent obesity. Obesity is mostly caused by poor eating habits. People do not eat healthy foods, have larger portions than they should, and are not exercising at all. Aerobic exercise training is known to counteract obesity by promoting reductions in body weight, body fat, and waist girth (Greene 1808). Being overweight is usually a warning sign that a person could be on their way to becoming obese. Obesity is a very harmful disease as proven by the affects on children, adults, and society.

In children, obesity is on the rise. Nearly eight percent of children four to five years of age in the United States are overweight (Deckelbaum 2). As a part of normal growth, most children gain some fat before puberty. Overweight and obesity pose significant health problems for adolescents (Power 14). “Early in their lives, they learn that those who are overweight are likely to be rejected. They become loners and have low self-esteem; they feel guilty because they cannot lose weight” (Gay 6). While in elementary school and middle school, children often get teased because of how much they weigh. Overweight is highest in Mexican Am...

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