Effects Of Obesity On The Rise Essay

1576 Words Oct 10th, 2014 7 Pages
Over the past decade, life expectancy has been on the rise. Not only does it help in determining key components of polices and programs, but it also demonstrates the advancements in healthcare, technology, and awareness. With obesity on the rise, it has major effects on the potential decline in life expectancy. According to Olshansky et al. (2005), the rise in obesity can potentially be the cause in the diminishing of life expectancy of current and future generations (p. 1139). I believe, regardless of the health risk factors that could potentially be the downfall of life expectancy, the improvements in healthcare, technology, education, and activity, can outweigh the negatives and improve life expectancy for current and future generations.
First, we must understand the terms obese and overweight. According to the Center for Control and Disease, the terms overweight and obesity are labels for ranges of weight that are greater than what is normally considered healthy (Ramsey, 2012). Overweight and obesity ranges are determined by using weight and height to calculate the body mass index (BMI) (Ramsey, 2012). An adult who has a BMI between 25 and 29.9 is considered overweight and an adult who has a BMI of 30 or higher is considered obese (Ramsey, 2012). Obesity is a multisystem condition, increasing the likelihood of being associated with many health issues such as diabetes, cancer, and heart disease (Olshansky, et al., 2005, p. 1139). .
According to Olshansky et…

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