Essay about Obesity : A Growing Health Problem

1781 Words Apr 11th, 2016 8 Pages
Obesity is one of the biggest health problems in this generation. Obesity is when someone is in the condition of being grossly overweight. With the proliferation of unhealthy foods and unhealthy lifestyles, many people are getting heavier and unhealthier because they tend to accumulate calories without burning them efficiently. That is why many people are obese and cannot walk, sleep, or eat right, and it has caused them to not function properly in their lives. Obesity is epidemic, but the most effective way to battle it is by teaching people healthy habits.
Obesity has been a growing health problem since infectious diseases and nutrient deficiencies began to fade in the first half of the twentieth century (Unknown Author). While the earliest identified discussions on the need for an organization addressing obesity took place in Great Britain as early as 1961, it was not until 1996 that a steering committee was formed. The first meeting of the “Obesity Association” was held in London in the year of 1967(Unknown Author). In the 1970s, the field of obesity research began to blossom in Europe. The first Fogarty Center International Conference on Obesity was organized by a committee led by Dr. George Bray, and was held October 1973 at National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland (Unknown Author). In 1980, at the meeting of the Nutrition Committee of the American Heart Association, Dr. John Brunzell and Dr. George Bray discussed the lack of an organized American group…

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