Obesity : A Global Epidemic Essay

1642 Words Feb 9th, 2016 7 Pages
Obesity is excess of human body fat. The persons accumulating too much body fat are known as obese people. Obesity is an alarming threat globally. In medical terms, the individuals having at least 20 percent higher bodyweight are to be considered obese, which is able to affect their health in negative manners. The persons with BMI (Body Mass Index) from 25 to 29.9 may be considered as over weighted, and they may also have several health Problems. In 1997, the obesity has been declared as a global epidemic with major health implications by WHO (World Health Organization) (WHO, 2001). According to the findings of an annual survey from 1999 to 2000 by National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, in the United States, the prevalence of obesity and overweight in both youth and children was noted as over 15 percent. While since the 1960s, this figure has been tripled as well (Ogden CL et al, 2003). Additionally, around 80 percent of youth with obesity has also been supposed to continue with the trend of their obesity even into their adulthood (Whitaker RC et al, 1997 and Guo SS, Chumlea WC, 1999).
Furthermore, a lot of higher risks of dyslipidemia and hypertension are linked with adult obesity, which may be resulted in the disease of coronary artery, which in North America is considered as the major cause of deaths (Belay B et al, 2004).
As the U.S, is going to be in the midst of an epidemic of obesity and related health issues, while fast food could be too bad for the…

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