Essay on Obesity : A Growing Global Health Problem

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Obesity is the condition when a person is overweight due to the excessive amount of fat being accumulated in the body. Obesity is caused because of some diseases, drugs, and unhealthy lifestyles. It is a growing global health problem. Genetic Diseases, such as the Prader-Willi Syndrome, can cause obesity. In children, the Prader-Willi Syndrome is genetically the most common cause of obesity. It is a disorder in which the 15th chromosome has an abnormality. The child will experience chronic hunger and the overeating can lead to an unhealthy body mass index (BMI). Furthermore, hormonal disorders such as polycystic ovaries and adrenal glands can contribute to obesity. Steroids, anti-depressants, and oral contraceptives may also contribute to obesity. Children and adults who have poor nutrition practices may be at risk of obesity, if they are not already. If portion control is not taken into consideration, an over consumption of calories can occur. Consuming a large amount of calories or foods high in fat are common factors that lead to obesity. When speaking of poor nutrition, beverages are also included, meaning that some beverages are not very healthy. For example, alcoholic beverages are high in calories and usually heavy drinkers do not have a healthy body mass index due to the mass intake of calories in the alcohol. Students who sit at school numerous hours and adults who usually work sitting are at risk of obesity. The reason being is that they lack physical…

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