How Does Obesity Affect The Family

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I am focusing on an aging population and how obesity affects them in particular because of their age. I decided to choose this topic because obesity runs in my family. Many of my family members lack the knowledge of knowing the long term effects associated with it. Being that it runs in my family, I constantly have to make sure I do not eat in complete excess because my future may not be as bright if I develop any of the long term illnesses associated with obesity. According to theAmerican Journal of Clinical Nutrition, obesity is defined as the unhealthy excess of body fat. Often, obesity is confused with being overweight, but the difference between the two is that to be considered obese, your body mass index needs to be higher than 30. To …show more content…
There are many contributions to why obesity has more than grown with the adult population. According the the USDA, the average American in 2000 ate almost 20% more calories than an average American in 1983. The World Health Organization, correlated that a rise in fast food sales is linked to an increase in body mass index. The average American diets contains 11% of fast food intake. With the added intake of additive sugars from drinks such as soda or energy drinks, more Americans are tacking on more pounds. In America, socially we tend to follow fads such as crash diets or teas. A lot of the times, we do not follow diets in a correct manner, and end up eating unhealthy which results in weight gain. Many food companies tend to cut corners and instead of using natural ingredients such as animal fat they instead use hydrogenated oils. Hydrogenated oils have higher concentrations of trans-fats which can lower your good cholesterol, raise your bad cholesterol, and in turn heighten your changes of developing diabetes, heart disease, or stroke. Another normality in our society is lack of physical activity. Jobs in the 1960s required a great deal of physical labor; around 50% of jobs accounted for required physical activity, but currently around 20% of jobs require activity. Which means, 80% of jobs are only satisfying sedentary or light activity needs. Being …show more content…
For example, Asian Americans and African Americans body mass index rates and body fat ratio are different compared to their white counterparts. In turn, Asian and African Americans often get classified unjustly as overweight or obese on a scale that uses whites as the model. The Body Mass Index which the World Health Organization uses, has the same BMI cut off for men and women which can deem either sex unjustly as overweight or obese. According to Jones- Johnson, black females who are uneducated are the most likely to be obese or become obese. Race is more of a predictor of obesity than gender. A study conducted by Finklestein and others, concludes that by 2030, 51% of Americans are either going to be suffering from obesity. 42% will be suffering from lower obesity, and the remaining 11% will be suffering from severe obesity. The study that concluded this information was conducted between 2009 and 2010, data from 1990 to 2008 was used to estimate projecting obesity trends in the near future. If this prediction comes into fruition, not only will the health of many be in jeopardy, healthcare cost will also dramatically

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