Obesity : A ' Big ' Problem Essay

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Obesity: A ‘Big’ Problem

A recent study done by the Center for Disease and Control claimed that one in three adults in the United States are obese. Despite multiple agencies, foundations, and even Michele Obama coming together to fight the spread of obesity, the number continues to grow. The fast paced lifestyles of today have made obesity quickly become a national epidemic. This epidemic is quickly becoming the number one killer in America, the promotion of a healthy life style and eating habits is the only thing that will stop this deadly disease. Obesity is defined as “a complex disorder involving an excessive amount of body fat” (Fed Up). Being diagnosed with obesity means having too much body fat. It varies from being overweight, which means weighing too much. However, both terms mean that a person’s weight is greater than what’s considered healthy for his or her height. Despite popular belief, obesity is not only a cosmetic concern, but also an actual health problem. Obesity increases the risk of diseases and health problems, such as heart disease, diabetes and high blood pressure. Obesity is determined through body mass index (BMI), a weight to height ratio, that is thirty or higher. More than one billion adults around the world are overweight and around 300 million of adults are considered obese. In the United States alone, thirty two percent of adults are obese and sixty six percent are diagnosed as being overweight (Yoffee). Obesity can cause many health…

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