Healthcare Issues Essay

1534 Words Nov 26th, 2015 7 Pages
There are numerous health related problems all the around the world today. One that becomes a root cause for heart diseases, diabetes, high blood pressure, cancer, osteoarthritis and more is Obesity. This is one of the worst medical conditions where one has extra fat on his body that may lead to a probability of decreased life expectancy. Obesity differs from being overweight which is excess weight that can be in form of muscles, fat or body water whereas; Obesity is the excess amount of body fat with body mass Index (BMI) of 30 is being obese.
Causes of obesity: Overeating, lack of exercise, genetics
Teens suffer from obesity usually during their high school years which later on leads to serious health issues as they turn adults.
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This disorder is due to improper eating schedule and preference of fast food compared to home made meals. In addition to that there is less awareness of healthy food among teens and they go out partying without realizing its consequences. Another reason is lack of exercise in teens. They seldom take interest in keeping themselves fit. What they have learnt as a child remains with them forever. Over viewing of television also causes obesity in teens because this leads to inactivity and laziness. A surgeon named Richard Carmona believed obesity to be greater challenge than terrorism. In US, it has become a major problem. In 1980’s 13% people were obese but in the last 25 years these numbers have grown immensely. Today, overweight Americans account for more than 60% and one out of four is obese. 15% obese are American children. It is predictable that teenagers will be the first generation to have shortest life span in American history. America is on the top list of growing fat (Oliver, 2006)Because the world has changed to advanced technology, electronic devices like televisions, computers, and video games have led our society to be sedentary that is one of the main causes for teen obesity. The media revolution has stopped the kids to go for out door activities and take interest in the natural environment. Some of the genetics and environmental factors in child obesity include:
1. Inadequate calorie expenditure-…

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